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BIOGRAPHY FOR OLAF CARL WIEGHORST (1899 - 1988)

Olaf Carl Wieghorst (1899-1988) was born in Denmark and grew up surrounded by art as his parents were display artists and photo retouchers. The young Olaf was skilled on horseback and had an acrobatic career as a child where he would perform in the circus. He was billed as "Little Olaf" but, as he grew to become a man of 6'4", it soon became apparent that the bill no longer fit the man. His size however, did make him a good choice for working with horses.

Olaf Wieghorst joined the U.S. Cavalry in New York and he was stationed along the Mexican border. Later he worked at a ranch in Arizona and in 1925 he moved back to New York where he joined the police force as a mounted policeman. Olaf Wieghorst began painting in his spare time and ultimately a New York gallery decided to represent him. Soon some of his paintings were successfully sold and his life forever changed.

The name Olaf Carl Wieghorst became synonymous with the American West. The artist retired from the police force and moved to El Cajon, California where he produced what is considered his finest paintings. He created paintings of the settlers, cowboys, Native Americans and landscapes of the American West and many horse portraits.



Painting by Olaf Carl Wieghorst titled: Beef Herd.

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The artist could draw a commission of $500 for a painting in 1942 and was the preferred portrait artist of many celebrity horses, including Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger". The paintings of Olaf Wieghorst are held today by many collectors of Western art.

Olaf Wiehhorst lived a long life and passed away in 1988 at the age of eighty eight in La Mesa, California.


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OLAF CARL WIEGHORST PAINTING EXHIBITIONS

Grand Central Art Gallery - New York, New York
Maxwell Gallery - San Francisco, California
Camelback Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona
San Diego Museum of Art - San Diego, California
Phoenix Museum of Fine Art - Phoenix, Arizona
Whitney Museum of Western Art - Cody, Wyoming
Tucson Fine Art Center - Tucson, Arizona
Cowboy Hall of Fame - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art - Tulsa, Oklahoma


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