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An illustrator and western painter, Arnold Friberg was born in Winnetka, Illinois. He did a series of widely exhibited monumental paintings called the "Ten Commandment Series", which toured every continent from 1957 to 1958. These works were based on the Cecil B DeMille movie of the same name. He also did paintings depicting the Book of Mormon, 100 Years of Football, The Sports Association Collection and The Northwest Mounted Police. In 1916, when Friberg was three years old, he moved to Arizona with his family, and his future career took its first turn when he was ten and had a correspondence course in cartooning and advice from Fred Smith, cartoonist for The Arizona Republican. At age 17, he went to Chicago, and from there received the commission for a calendar art series on the Northwest Mounted Police. In 1971, he became a painter of western subjects, which he regarded as a logical extension of illustration. Of this subject matter and style, he said: "Most of the best American painters did at least some illustrative work. Edwin Abbey, Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Frederic Remington, for example. They developed into painters but their training was in the illustrative world that makes you observe. For myself, I have no purpose but to tell a story." Source

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