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Mormon Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 14.7k views12 items
List of notable or famous Mormon artists, including sculptors, painters, architects, photographers and more. These artistic professionals, working in a variety of disciplines, media and styles, are all members in good standing of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and are considered practicing Mormons. Many have been directly involved in representing Mormonism in their work, including Truman Angell, an architect who designed the famous Salt Lake Temple, and Arnold Friberg, an Academy Award-nominated painter who has helped to illustrate some reprints of the LDS Book of Mormon. Other artists have done largely secular work separately from their personal Mormon beliefs.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (sometimes known simply as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church) is the largest denomination in the "Latter Day Saint Movement" inspired by the message of Joseph Smith. The church currently claims 14.1 million adherents around the world, with 50,000 missionaries currently serving worldwide. The church models its teachings and organizations on Joseph Smith's original Church of Christ, founded in 1830.

The Mormon culture that inspired some of these artists is also distinctive in many ways, both because of the geographical center of Mormonism in the Intermountain West and the family-oriented worldview of the church itself. For example, Mormonism's health and legal code, known as the "Word of Wisdom," prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other addictive substances, many of which have inspired artists from different faiths or from different backgrounds.
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    Cowboy artist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Art
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    Arnold Friberg

    The First Game, Dinner Companions
    Illustrator and painter noted for The Prayer at Valley Forge, Academy Award nominated paintings for The Ten Commandments, and Book of Mormon scenes in the LDS Book of Mormon
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    Gutzon Borglum

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial, The Aviator
    Sculptor most noted for the heads of U.S. presidents on Mount Rushmore
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    Avard Fairbanks

    Lincoln The Frontiersman, Heroic Bust of Abraham Lincoln
    Sculptor of three statues in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol
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    Artist and former head of the art department at the University of Utah
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    Charles Roscoe Savage

    Cathedral Rocks, Union Pacific Railroad
    19th-century photographer
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    Minerva Teichert

    Painter notable for her art depicting Western and Mormon subjects, including a collection of murals depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon
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    Artist who sculpted the This Is The Place Monument and the Seagull Monument in Salt Lake City
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    Truman O. Angell

    Architect and designer of the Salt Lake Temple
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    James C.

    Christensen fantasy painter and retired Brigham Young University professor
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    Rei Hamon

    Landscape artist of New Zealand
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    Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

    Artist, car customizer, creator of Rat Fink character