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Forbes, Bart

American, Born 1939
  • 1998
    Oil on Canvas
    25.25 x 32 in.
    Listing no. 11050
    NOW: $10,000.00
  • 1988
    Watercolor on Paper Panel
    13 x 32 in.
    Listing no. 11024
    NOW: $8,500.00
  • 1986
    Watercolor on Paper Panel
    23 x 19 in.
    Listing no. 10973
    NOW: $6,000.00
  • 1988
    Watercolor on Paper Panel
    13.75 x 32 in.
    Listing no. 10946
    NOW: $6,000.00
  • 1996
    Oil on Canvas
    19.25 x 14.25 in.
    Listing no. 10942
    NOW: $7,000.00
  • 2014
    Graphite on Paper
    30 x 22.5 in. (Paper Size)
    Listing no. 10818
    NOW: $3,619.61
  • 1988
    Charcoal on Paper Panel
    19.5 x 15.5 in. (Sight Size)
    Listing no. 10539
    NOW: $1,665.32

About this Artist

Bart Forbes

Bart Forbes was born on July 3, 1939 in Altus, OK, and is a painter and renowned illustrator.

Bart Forbes is best known as an illustrator specializing in the field of Sports. So far in his career as an illustrator, Forbes has won over 55 Awards of Excellence from the New York Society of Illustrators and has been commissioned many times over by several big names in industry and media, including: Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Eastman Kodak, Pepsi-Cola, American Airlines and ABC Television. Named the 1986 Sports Artist of the Year by the U.S. Sports Academy, Forbes was selected by the Olympic Committee as the official artist for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Forbes has designed over 20 commemorative postage stamps, including the Lou Gehrig and Jesse Owens commemoratives, "The Olympians" and the "America the Beautiful" series, and, most recently, he was commissioned to create the Ronald Reagan stamp. He also designed commemorative posters for the Boston and New York Marathons, Indianapolis 500, America's Cup and 1994 Winter Olympics. Forbes is best known for his golfing images and received much acclaim for his portraits of history's thirty greatest golfers. Having done theme paintings for a variety of PGA and Seniors tournaments, Forbes was tapped in 1994 to create theme art for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am for two years running.

Forbes was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2017, undoubtedly the highest honor bestowed on artists in the field of illustration.


Bart Forbes

Born: 1939, Oklahoma


1962 Graduate study, Art Center School of Design, Los
Angeles, California
1961 BFA in art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
North Carolina


2017 TREES: A society grows great when old men plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never sit in. (Greek
Proverb), Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2017 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas
(Valley House Gallery)
2016 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas
(Valley House Gallery)
2016 Bart Forbes: My Mind’s Eye, Valley House Gallery, Dallas,
2014 60th Anniversary Exhibition: A Celebration of Valley
House Artists, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery,
Dallas, Texas
2014 Summer Cut, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery,
Dallas, Texas
2013 Recent Oil Paintings by Bart Forbes: An Artist’s Canvas,
Art Centre of Plano, Plano, Texas
2013 Suitable Subjects: Contemporary Still Lifes, The Grace
Museum, Abilene, Texas
2011 Fresh & Salty (a Valley House Gallery group exhibition),
Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2010 Shorelines, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2005 Art in the Key of Green, Valley House Gallery, Dallas,
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas,
2003 Bart Forbes: A Painter’s Journey, Valley House Gallery,
Dallas, Texas
2002 Beyond the Apple and Bottle: Still Life Invitational,
Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 An Exhibition of Recent Work by Bart Forbes, The Wild
Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1999 Jesuit Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
1996 National Art Museum of Sports
1995 New York Society of Illustrators
1992 Olympic Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1992 Rizzoli Galleries, New York
1990 New York Society of Illustrators

Awards and Honors:

2011 Designer of Ronald Reagan Centennial stamp for the US
Postal Service
1996 Designer of Olympic commemorative coin for US Mint
1988 Official Artist Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea
1986 Sports Artist of the Year U.S. Sports Academy


Bonnie Gangelhoff, “Dreamscapes: Bart Forbes paints expressive interpretations of universal places,” Southwest Art, February 2017, pp. 72 – 77. Cathedral (p.15), Taking Wind, Night Lights, Hallowed Ground, First Light, No Man’s Land, Texas Lupine and Summer Wind reproduced.

"Events Calendar: Art & Performance," Addison Magazine, February/March 2016, pages 29-30, Wildflowers reproduced.

Michael Granberry, “Dallas Galleries’ Busy Season is Heating Up,” The Dallas Morning News, January 10, 2016, page 9E.

Travis Measley, “Ars Artis Gratia: The Bart Forbes Story,” Avid Golfer, June 15, 2015.

Matthew Huisman, “Rendering an Icon in a Square Inch,” The Dallas Morning News, Section B, February 10, 2011.

Jennifer Arend, “A Brush with greatness: Plano: Artist’s murals commissioned by PGA debut at tournament,” The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, May 13, 2007, page 9B.

Janet H. Moore, “An Artistic Oasis: Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas celebrates 50 years of fine art,” Southern Accents, September-October 2004, Red Pears illust.

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas; March 2004, color illustration page 20.

Mike Daniel, “Bart Forbes at Valley House,” Dallas Morning News Guide, December 12, 2003, page 59.

Bart Forbes, The Sports Art of Bart Forbes, Dallas, Texas: Beckett Publications, 1998.


ABC News 8, “Local Artist Creates Reagan Centennial Stamp,” American Broadcast Network, Dallas, Texas, March 7, 2016.

Private and Public Collections:

Arnold Palmer
Ben Hogan
David Duvall
Former President George H. W. Bush
Former President Jimmy Carter
Jerry Jones
Justin Leonard
Los Colinas Sports Club
National Football League
Olympic Museum, Seoul, Korea
Pat Summerall
Clint Eastwood
PGA Hall of Fame
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Smithsonian Institution
Tiger Woods
University of California
Dallas Country Club, Dallas, Texas
National Portrait Gallery
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