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 Noel J. Daggett  (1925 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: Indian genre, figure, animal painting

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1925 (Phoenix, Arizona)
 
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2005 (Tucson, Arizona)

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Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Noel Daggett early became known for his neo-impressionist quadrille paintings likened to mosaic compositions or lattice work.  Later he did more traditional style paintings of western genre and landscape.

At an early age, he moved to California with his parents, and won a scholarship to the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  During World War II, he was a Merchant Marine in the South Pacific and then took odd jobs in California including truck driver and fender repair man.  He moved to Chicago and studied at the Chicago Art Institute and also studied privately with Leonard Rodowicz.

In 1953, he was drafted into the Korean War and then was in military service in Germany doing illustration for Army bulletins.  After discharge, he remained three years in Heidelberg as a civilian illustrator.  In 1958, he decided to become a professional illustrator and studied advertising in Los Angeles at the Art Center School.  However, after one year, he switched to fine art, and after six semesters went to New York where he won a scholarship to the New School and studied with Raphael Soyer.  He also had a one-man show in Paris at the Galerie Ror Volmar in 1962.

In New York in the 1960s, he had his work well received and earned honors included the Emily Lowe Award and the Harold Stevenson Gold Medal of the American Veterans Society of Artists.  His studio was on the top floor of a thirty-story building close to Times Square with a skylight and panoramic view of the city.

His paintings come from a variety of sources from landscapes to figures, and he has also done mural decorations including for the New York restaurant Henry IV.  In his later years, he established a studio in Tucson, Arizona from where he traveled extensively throughout the country.  Covered bridges were one of the themes of his landscape paintings.

Noel J. Daggett died in 2005 in Tucson, Arizona, from a heart condition.

Biography from RoGallery.com:
Noel Daggett's belief that there is a "universal motivation to life" is not only reflected by his personal action but through his vibrant canvases.  Born in Phoenix, Arizona, he with his family later moved to San Francisco where Daggett began his painting career.  On scholarship, he attended the California School of Fine Arts.

After service in the Merchant Marine, Daggett studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He served as Illustrator for U.S. Army Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany, and then returned to the Art Center School in Los Angeles and became a technical adviser on a popular TV show. 

He soon left the world of commerce to paint, exhibit and lecture in Mexico, and returned when he won a scholarship, this time to the New School in New York City. Eschewing the academic, formal approach to painting which his instructors pressed upon him, Daggett had motivation for self expression that became apparent in experimenting with pigments, styles, and themes.

Journeying through Europe, Hawaii, Tahiti, Pago Pago-then later explorations of Israel, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia Minor and the Far East, served to heighten his perception of life's underlying oneness.  He captured the colors, landscapes and people in unique style, substance and technique.

Of his exhibit in Paris, Arts hailed his work as "distinguished by vibrant rhythms, intense colors of rich flavor, and an excellent feeling of luminosity." Masques & Visa ges called his work "very beautiful." Le Monde further heralded Daggett as "A lyrical visionary of bright color."

A Palm Beach Daily News writer spoke glowingly of his exhibit there: "All of his heavily textured canvases have a play of light and shadow that effectively suggest the bright light of the tropics. . . the people are invariably beautiful, with an unselfconscious pride that Daggett captures in canvas after canvas.

Daggett's returned to the Southwest United States and his established The Daggeft Museum for Living Artists in Galistec, New Mexico, which gave him expanded frontiers of freedom.  His former odysseys, wide vistas, and Native Americans inspired a new plasticity of style and technique.

He won the Emily Lowe Award, and received a U.S. Coast Guard commission to do twenty five paintings for its Combat Art Collection.  Dr. Lester Cook, Curator of Paintings for the National Galleries, Washington, D.C. said: "These paintings are among the finest I have ever seen.

The Triton Press, New York, introduced two signed editions by Daggett, on Hot Air Ballooning.  And in 1981 on the same theme, they also launched a Daggett poster, which was distributed at Art Expo in New York.  Daggeft participated by signing and remarking at this show, which is the world's largest art fair.

Daggett loves color and intends to employ it with respect and tenderness, while being forceful and always in control. 


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