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 Edward Burns Quigley  (1895 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Oregon/North Dakota      Known for: cowboy, horse, circus, woodcarving

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BIOGRAPHY for Edward Quigley
1895 (Park River, North Dakota)
1984 (Portland, Oregon)

Oregon/North Dakota

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Biography from Family Ties Antiques & Fine Art:

Born. Park River, North Dakota

Died. Portland, Oregon

Painter oil , watercolor, woodcarver.

Pupil: Chicago Art Institute; Chicago Academy of Fine Arts

Oregon Society of Artists; American Artists Professional League; Attic Club

Ed Quigley's family was in the horse business in North Dakota. At an early age, he showed an interest in horses and had a developing talent in drawing them. As a child he was often found sketching or whittling. When he was age five his family left North Dakota and moved to the Pacific Northwest where they eventually settled in Spokane WA.

After graduating from high school in 1916, Quigley joined the National Guard, and eventually enlisted into the Army 40th Engineers. Upon returning to the Northwest from overseas duty during WWI he dedicated himself to becoming an artist. He saved his money and attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. His family in the meantime moved from Spokane to Portland, Oregon.

After his return from school, he moved to Portland and set up a studio on the third floor of his parent's house. He also opened a small commercial studio downtown. Because of the Depression, his work like many other artist's was not in demand, but through the depression era WPA he was commissioned to paint murals for the Irvington School in Portland.

Quigley often went along with friends on hunting trips to the Yakima Valley area of Southeastern Washington where he liked to sketch and paint. During these trips he became enamored with the lifestyle of the western cowboy, and for twenty years participated as a working cowhand helping in wild horse drives and roundups.  He spent much time on the Yakima Indian reservation, and accumulated pages of detail watercolor and pencil sketches of the horses and everyday life of the cowboy.

During his early years in Spokane, he developed a great interest in the circus, and many of his paintings depict circus life. Quigley was also was a superb wood carver, and he produced many fine hand carved pieces of circus and western subjects.


"Ed Quigley Western Artist" by Carl Gohs, Published by Geneva Hale Quigley

"Artist of the Pacific Northwest" by Maria Sharylen, McFarland & Co Inc Publishers 1993

"Oregon Painters the First Hundred Years", by Allen & Klevit, Oregon Historical Society Pub. 1999

"The Cowboy in Art" by Ed Ainsworth, Bonanza Books 1968

"Artists of the American West" by Doris Ostrander Dawdy, Sage/Swallow Books 1974

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