Archie Boyd Teater
1901 – 1978

The Tetons were a common subject in Teater’s paintings.

Archie traveled throughout the West in this Jeep. The sign in the rear window announced his work for sale.

Archie Teater painting at an easel in his studio and gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Teater painting a scene from the window of his hotel room in Sydney, Austrailia.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home and studio for Archie and his wife Patricia in 1952.

Located in Hagerman, Idaho, overlooking the Snake River, it is the only studio designed by Wright for another artist.





The Artist

During a career that spanned over fifty years, Archie Boyd Teater continued to paint in the outdoor light. His plein air landscapes were inspired by the mountainous beauty of his birthplace in Idaho. Throughout his lifetime, Teater continued to paint the Western landscape, in addition to the landscapes of the many countries he visited. Landscapes and street scenes from Scandinavia, the British Isles, Western Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East, the Orient, South America, Australia and New Zealand comprise what is known as his International Collection.

Teater’s paintings have been featured in museum exhibitions next to work by artists such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, Thomas Hart Benton, in addition to John Sloan and John Carroll in New York galleries.

Teater, born in 1901, balanced his early painting career between the need to earn a living and his passion for painting. He worked alongside miners, trappers and lumberjacks who had little patience or understanding for the sensitive artist, and so he would often take his wagon into the mountains, where he enjoyed the solitude, to work for days on his landscapes.

Teater attended art school at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon from 1921 through 1922, but soon returned to the outdoors where he found work as a trail blazer for the emerging Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This experience in the Tetons began Teater’s life-long love affair with the Wyoming Mountains. Beginning in 1928, Teater continued to return each spring to the Tetons, where he pitched a tent on the shores of Jenny Lake and exhibited his paintings by leaning them against the pine trees that surrounded his camp. When he was away from his campsite, a note requested that art buyers pin their payments to a bed blanket. Archie Teater soon became known as “Teton Teater”.

Beginning in the early 1930s, Teater attended classes each winter at the Art Students League of New York where he studied life drawing, painting, composition and illustration with artists such as Robert Brackman, George Bridgeman, Reginald Marsh and Ivan Olinsky. New Yorkers were fascinated by this quiet, cowboy artist and his western art. His name began to appear in the art columns and magazines in New York, and he gave interviews to Look and Better Homes and Gardens, in addition to making television appearances.

In 1941, Teater returned to Jackson, Wyoming, and rented the Railway Express office where he started his Jackson Hole Art Gallery. The gallery brought him world-wide fame as visitors crowded into his studio to have their portraits done. It was during this time in Jackson that he met his future wife, Patricia, through an introduction by some friends. Together, they commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a special studio and home for them in Hagerman, Idaho.

Archie Teater loved to travel, and during his career introduced his work to patrons throughout the U.S. and abroad who collected many of the canvases which documented his adventures across the country and the world. Although Teater had always returned to his beloved Tetons each summer, he and his wife Patricia eventually retired to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


2002-03 Images of the Middle East, Davies Reid Oriental Rugs, Boise, ID
Looking Back, Herrett Center for Arts & Science, Twin Falls, ID
1999 Archie B. Teater – An Idaho Master, Willard Art Center, Idaho Falls, ID
1987- Fritchman Galleries, Boise, ID
1976 Paintings by Nature Artist, Conrad Hilton, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
University of Wyoming Art Gallery, Laramie, WY
1972-74 Archie B. Teater – Dept of State’s ‘Art in the U.S. Embassies Program’
1969 35th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
1968 34th Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Jackson Lake Lodge, WY
1966 Eight Annual World Collection Series of Fine Art, Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
1965 Sixth Annual World Collection Series, Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
1964 An Exclusive Exhibition of Fine Art by Archie Boyd Teater, Fidelity Bank & Trust Co., Minneapolis, MN
Archie Teater, Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
1963 Archie Teater, American National Bank, Cheyenne, WY
1962 Annual Archie Teater Exhibition, Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
1961 Grand Teton Lodge Company, Jackson, WY
1958 Jackson Lake Lodge, WY
Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson, WY
1951 Archie B. Teater, Ferargil Galleries, New York, NY
1947 Recent Portrait Studies of Children, Pine Inn, Carmel, CA
1946 Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Exhibition of Portraits of Children, Pine Inn, Carmel, CA
1935 Paintings of the Far West: Archie B. Teater, Tricker Galleries, New York, NY

1968 Owen Gallery Inc., Denver, CO
1963 Idaho Art – Past and Present: Centennial Exhibition, Boise Gallery of Art, ID
1962 The National Arts Club Exhibition, New York, NY
Sixty-fourth Annual Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
1959 50th Anniversary Museum Art School, Portland Art Museum, OR
Grand Natl American Artists Professional League Member Exhibition,
New York, NY
American Art Week Exhibition, New York Chapter., American Artist Professional League, National Arts Club Galleries, New York, NY
Sixty-first Annual Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
1957 Grand Natl American Artists Professional League Member Exhibition,
New York, NY
Summer Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
American Art Week Exhibition, American Artists Professional League,
New York Chapter, New York, NY
1956 American Art Week Exhibition, American Artists Professional League,
New York Chapter, New York, NY
1954 Life on the Prairie: The Artist’s Record, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
1950 20th Annual Local Artists’ Exhibition, San Antonio Art League, TX
River Art Show, The River Art Group, San Antonio, TX
1949 Civic Club’s Annual Flower and Art Show, Jackson, WY
Western Artist: Archie B. Teater, Art Barn, Salt Lake City, UT
1947 Cats, Feragril Galleries, New York, NY
1944 Purchase Prize Exhibition, The Buck Hill Art Association,
The Inn at Buck Hills Falls, PA
Audubon Artists, Norlyst Gallery, New York, NY
1943 Purchase Prize Exhibition, The Buck Hill Art Association,
The Inn at Buck Hills Falls, PA
1942 C.C. Anderson’s Fall Art and Fashion Exhibition, C.C. Anderson Stores Co.,
Boise, ID
1936 20th Annual Exhibition – Society of Independent Artists,
Grand Central Palace, New York, NY
Tribute to President Roosevelt Exhibition, Independent Voters Committee of
the Arts and Sciences for Roosevelt, Vanderbilt Gallery, New York, NY
Benefit Exhibition, Artist’s Equity Association, New York Chapter and the
Lighthouse of the New York Association for the Blind, NY

“An Idaho Master, Archie Teater, Pick of the Week,” The Boise Weekly, Oct 15, 1997,
“Archie B. Teater Benefit Art Show,” KBOI News, May 1971
“Archie B. Teater International Paintings on Exhibit: ‘One Man’s Conception of the
World,’” Mayovox, Rochester, MN, 1976
“Archie B. Teater,” Men of Achievement, 1973 British Edition
“Archie Boyd Teater,” Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, 1975, p. 851
“Archie Boyd Teater,” Marquis Who’s Who, 12th Edition, 1971-72
“Archie Teater: An Idaho Artist, Son of the Sawtooths and the Snake,” Scenic Idaho,
Spring Edition, Vol. 30, No. 1, 1977, p.18-24
“Archie Teater, Famous Wyoming Artist,” Better Homes and Gardens, July, 1953
“Archie Teater,” Who’s Who in the United States, 1975
“Artist Checks Zoo Paintings He Finished in Jail,” New York Herald Tribune,
May 4, 1944
Arts Alive, Idaho Falls Arts Council Gallery Walk, Fall/Winter, 1999-2000, p. 3 & 4
“At the Desert Inn,” Palm Springs Villager, CA, May, 1952
The Austrailian, Nov 20, 1973
Autumn in Hagerman Valley (front cover), The Gooding Leader, Golden Anniversary
Edition 1908-1958, Dec 25, 1958
“A Ballad Singer on Canvas,” South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, Dec 31, 1962
Beedle, Steve, “Archie Teater,” The Jackson Hole Guide, 1976
“Bison,” Detective Magazine, 1944
Burrows, Carlyle, ‘Art of the Week’, New York Herald Tribune, Feb 20, 1944
“Cowboy Hangs His Paintings in Exhibition Here,” New York Herald Tribune,
Apr 23, 1936
“En resande kostnar,” Svenska Dagenbladet, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 16, 1965
Flagg, Marianne, “Gallery exhibits artist’s works documenting ‘West in a kind of sweet
way’,” The Idaho Statesman, Oct 24, 1997, Life Section, p. 1
The Greyhound Corp. (photograph of Teater painting Tetons in Wyoming), 1967
Harthorn, Sandy and Bettis, Kathleen, “One Hundred Years of Idaho Art, 1850-1950,”
Boise Art Musuem, 1990, p. 106-107.
Hayden, Carl E., “Tetons Win Worldwide Praise,” The Salt Lake Tribune, Mar 1, 1959
Holiday Magazine, “In the Art Galleries,” New York Herald Tribune, Mar 2, 1947
“Jackson Hole Art Studio,” Flair Magazine, June, 1950, p. 90-91
Kelly, Chris, “Frank Lloyd Wright Finds Bliss,” Home Adventure, Fall/Winter
1999-2000, p.8-10
KID-Radio and TV, Idaho Falls, ID, Dec 8 at 9:00pm, 1965
KLIX TV, Twin Falls, ID, 1971
“Meet Teton Teater,” Travel Issue – Ideals, Vol. 11, No. 3, June, 1954
“Mitre Peak’ His Best Work,” New Zealand Herald, Feb 20, 1963
Modern Maturity, Long Beach, CA, 1971
“New Version of Custer’s Last Stand,” Sunday Magazine, World-Herald, Omaha, NE,
June, 1958
“New York Through Western Eyes,” Quick News Weekly, Mar 19, 1951
Scene, The Idaho Statesman, Oct 17, 1997, p. 8
“Serenading Child Actress (Margaret O’Brien) Captures Right Mood, Says Local
Artist,” Jackson Hole Courier, Aug 23, 1945
“Teater Art Exhibit has International Flavor,” This Week in the Tetons, 1964
“Teater’s 38th Exhibit,” This Week in the Tetons, 1966
“US Artist Paints Philippine Scenes,” The Manila Times, Philippines, Jan 15, 1963
“Welcome Traveler’s” TV Show, NBC, Chicago, Il, 1953
“Western Painter Comes to Town,” Look, America’s Family Magazine, Apr 10, 1951,
Vol. 15, No. 8, p. 96-98
“The Wonderful West,” film by Ralph Carroll, Carroll Caravan, WNBF-TV, Channel 12,
Binghamton, NY, 1953
Wood, Sylvia, “Idaho Artist in Transit,” The Idaho Statesman, June 11, 1968
Womack, Jonathon, “Archie B. Teater,” The Boise Journal, Spring/Summer 2001,
p. 27-33

1960 Julian Academy, Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
1942-45 Ivan Olinsky, Sidney Dickinson, Robert Phillipp, Alexander Brook, Homer Boss, William McNulty, John Carroll, Frank Vincent DuMond
1935-39 Art Students League, New York City, NY
Formal training with Reginald Marsh, George Bridgman, Robert Brackman
1924 Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

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