Donald Teague’s work had been exhibited all over the United States, as well as such far-away places as Japan, China, and Australia. His art is part of the permanent collection of more than ten prestigious museums, and countless private art collections. Spanning more than six decades, Teague’s watercolors provide a rare look at the twentieth century.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1897, Donald Teague started sketching at age five, but received no formal art education until he had returned from a tour of duty wit the Navy during World War I. After training at the Art Student’s League in New York City, Teague became a “lettering man” and worked his away up to an illustrator…a career he followed for more then thirty years. Through the twenties, thirties and forties, Donald Teague was always in demand as an illustrator for such magazines as Redbook, McCalls, Saturday Evening Post, Women’s Home Companion, and under the pseudonym of Edwin Dawes, Colliers.
During those same years, Teague was building an inner library of images remembered from the two to three months he spent each year traveling in Europe and other parts of the world. Many of these early travels took place prior to the convenience and comfort of jet planes. The ocean held a particular attraction to Teague because he loved to paint and illustrate stories that included ships and the high seas.
Teague is the recipient of more than fifty-five major art awards, and was the first person ever to receive two gold medals of honor from the American Watercolor Society. It was our great fortune he let us share, through his art, the fullness of life that he had found. (1897-1991)