Vail gallery launches Robert Lougheed Web site |

Vail gallery launches Robert Lougheed Web site

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail, Colorado, recently launched a Web site devoted to the life and legacy of artist Robert E. Lougheed.

The Web site,, is an educational component designed to complement the gallery’s permanent collection of Lougheed’s work. The gallery started the Web site late last month.

“We are committed to the study, legacy, sales and promotion of one of the finest artists North America has ever produced,” Gallery owner Bill Rey said.

Claggett/Rey’s permanent exhibition includes Lougheed’s paintings, awards, writings, and studio effects. Featured exhibits at the Lougheed Studio change every six months and include oil, watercolor and charcoal pieces by the artist.

Lougheed (1910 to 1982), came to be known as “the painter’s painter.” He was born and raised on a farm in Ontario, Canada. At 19, he was a mail order and newspaper illustrator for the “Toronto Star,” studying at night at the Ontario College of Art and then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. At 25, he came to New York as the pupil of Frank Vincent DuMond and Dean Cornwell at the famed Art Students League. Eventually Lougheed moved away from illustration and turned his full focus to fine art painting in and around Santa Fe, N.M. Some of his finest paintings were done plein-air in Alaska, Texas, Florida, Quebec, British Columbia, St. Croix, England and France. He was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America and National Association of Western Artists, and in his lifetime his accolades include over 29 medals and awards for his work.

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“Robert Lougheed was the painter’s painter and the collection we house showcases a life devoted to creative truth in fine art,” Rey said. “Bob created thousands of paintings and drawings from life as reference for major studio works, illustrations and for himself. While painting outdoors in all conditions, fellow artists would often overhear Lougheed say, ‘It’s like eating ice cream.’ We hope to use the Lougheed Studio as a tool to sell works as well as educate collectors and art aficionados as to what great fine art is all about.”

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