Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

George Phippen (1916-1966)
George Phippen was born in Iowa in 1916 and died in Arizona in 1966. He was a traditional western painter and sculptor. George was the first President of the Cowboy Artists of America. Phippen was raised on farms in Iowa and Kansas. He taught himself to paint while in the service during World War II. He moved to Santa Fe where he studied with Henry Balink for three months. As a commercial artist and illustrator, he began oil painting in 1948 while selling works for Christmas cards and calendars. In 1958, Phippen was commissioned to sculpt a famous quarterhorse.
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