A leading illustrator of western subjects for the Saturday Evening Post, Donald Teague was elected in 1969 to the , and in 1973, he became a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he studied with George Bridgman and Frank DuMond at the Art Students League in New York and with Norman Wilkinson in London. Then Teague returned to the Art Students League where Dean Cornwell encouraged him to go into illustration. He also illustrated for "Collier's" magazine under the name of Edward Dawes.
In 1938, Teague made a risky move away from New York, the source of his illustration assignments, to California, but the publishers sought him out there. He first lived in Encino and then from 1949 settled in Carmel. In 1948, he was elected a National Academician and in 1958, became a full-time fine artist. In 1953 and 1954, he earned major awards from the , the first to win two awards in succession.
His work is in numerous collections including the Frye Museum in Seattle, Mills College in Oakland, and the .
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