What does Mobile Oil, National Geographic, and Marguerite Henry's books have in common? They all have work done by Canadian born artist, Robert E. Lougheed, either adorning the pages of their books or representing the company name as a logo such as the flying red horse for the Mobile Oil company.
Robert Elmer Lougheed was born in Massey, Ontario, Canada on May 27, 1910 to American parents. At age 25, he studied under Frank Vincent DuMond and Dean Cornwell at the Art Students League in New York City. He had a great interest in the American West and it is this interest that is reflected in the majority of his work. From his sketches to is illustrations to his finished oil paintings, the West takes center stage. His prolific work was always done from life. With his landscape paintings done "on the spot" and the animals done from life. He had such a zeal and adoration for nature that when it was brought up in conversation he would declare, "Isn't it wonderful?".
He was known as the "painter's painter", an "artist's artist". When he just 19, he worked for the "Toronto Star" as a mail-order and newspaper illustrator. He studied at Ontario College of Art and then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. He worked along side artists Sir Alfred Munning, Frederic Remington, Frank Vincent Dumond, Harold Von Schmidt as well as many others.
His passion for art went far beyond his own easel. He helped found the National Academy of Art at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Where he served as an adviser and also taught emerging artists for many years.
At a time in America when abstract art was mainstream, Lougheed did all that he could to promote the teachings of representational art and art of the west.
He passed away on June 3, 1982 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
*Image is oil painting by Robert E. Lougheed