MESA , Arizona – The complete 12 piece collection of Arnold Friberg’s Book of Mormon artwork is on display at the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitor’s Center for a six week run beginning September 27.
“Few people in the world will ever have the chance to see all 12 Book of Mormon paintings by Arnold Friberg together as the artist intended,” said Chad Harris, LDS Art Show Director. “Unless you travel to the conference center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City , you’ll probably never have the chance to see them like this.”
“We are very excited to have the complete set of the twelve scenes from the Book of Mormon painted by the renowned artist Arnold Friberg displayed in our visitors’ center as individually signed lithographs,” said Elder Lee Burke, Visitor’s Center Director. “For over half a century these beautifully rendered scenes have depicted for millions the sacred and inspirational events as written in the pages of this remarkable ancient record – The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” We hope people will take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this outstanding exhibit.”
The LDS Mesa Temple visitors’ center is located at 525 East Main Street , Mesa, AZ, (480) 964-7164. Hours are 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Sunday through Saturday. Admission is free.
About The Art Collection
Adele Cannon Howells, general president of the Primary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commissioned Arnold Friberg circa 1951 to create a series of paintings depicting events in The Book of Mormon for the 50th anniversary of the Primary’s monthly publication The Children’s Friend. The originals now hang in the LDS conference center and for the first time the lithographed collection signed and numbered by Friberg personally will be on display in an LDS temple visitor’s center.
About The Artist
Born December 21, 1913 in Winnetka, Illinois , Arnold Friberg is an American painter noted for his religious and patriotic works. Some of his best-known works include the 1975 painting The Prayer at Valley Forge depicting George Washington praying while the Continental Army winters at Valley Forge , and the pre-visualization paintings for the Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
In 1978 Friberg was commissioned to do a portrait of Prince Charles with his horse “Centennial”, the great-grandson of Man-O-War. This was done at a studio in Buckingham Palace . In 1990, he and his wife were invited back to spend another six weeks residing in Buckingham Palace for his commissioned undertaking of an equestrian portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Centennial. Being commissioned to paint these royal portraits would mean that Arnold Friberg’s name would be included in a list with such great artists as; Rembrandt, Velazquez, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck and numerous other masters who had painted portraits of the Royal family. He was made a life member of the honorable Royal Society of Arts, London , which accounts for the initials R.S.A. after his name.
Friberg in his advanced age still works when he can from his studio in Salt Lake City . “Art to me is a service, to bring enrichment to people’s lives. That’s why I want my art to be perfectly understood. One of the things I work for is clarity. That doesn’t mean hard-edged forms, but clarity of the picture: what time of day, what kind of lighting, where it is. It should all be clear. I hope no one ever has to explain my pictures.”
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