Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Hugh Cabot moved to Tubac in 1972. Prior to setting up his studio and gallery in the Pennington House, one of the oldest buildings in Tubac still in use, Cabot had lived in Taos, Santa Fe and West Texas. Having spent time in other art communities, Cabot chose to make Tubac home because of the astonishing light, beauty and serenity of the Santa Cruz Valley. He lived in Tubac for over 34 years showing his love for the area and its people through his paintings. His works are still being shown and sold from the gallery now operated by his widow, Olivia Cabot.
Cabot is considered to be one of America’s foremost painters and received the highly coveted title of American Master Painter. He was an official Combat Artist for the Korean War and many of his works hang in Washington, D.C., and belong to the American public. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America, Hugh Cabot made his mark working in various artistic media except acrylic.
He studied art at the Boston Museum of Art, Oxford, and throughout Europe where he was impressed with some of the Great Masters such as Rembrandt. Prior to this experience, he found inspiration from the work of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and Will James. As far as subject matter is concerned, Cabot found inspiration from the land and people around him and you can see this in his famous paintings of cowboys, grandiose landscapes, and other Western-inspired scenes.
His works have been exhibited at the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Tate in London, Museum De La Marine in Paris, and other major museums throughout the United States. Works by Cabot are collected worldwide and many can be found in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Hugh credited Olivia as a major force in his success for her efforts in managing the gallery, which left him free to paint.
Image: Hugh Cabot, “Cowboy” Gift of Colin and Linda Pigman
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