Arnold Friberg Exhibit: "A Life in Art"

By Cristina Rendon

Published 03/28 2013 10:13PM

Updated 03/31 2013 02:29PM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 News) – A preview of an art exhibit featuring the life work of artist Arnold Friberg was showcased Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Arnold’s work on The Ten Commandments movie was highlighted at the event. The movie will air this Saturday on ABC 4 Utah.

Utahns perhaps best know Arnold for his connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His illustrations were printed in many missionary editions of the Book of Mormon.

Friberg Fine Art is behind the exhibit. Arnold’s work from The Ten Commandments and many more will be on display at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City from October 1 to January 1.

The exhibit, called “A Life in Art,” will honor Friberg as he would have turned 100 this year.

His daughter-in-law Jayna Friberg-Cleamons said Arnold wanted to be a political cartoonist, but he became so much more. He was able to bring any blank canvas to life with the stroke of a paintbrush.

“He knew that he was given this special gift from God,” she said.

Jayna knew Arnold for about 50 years. She remembers seeing his paintings in his studio when she was growing up.

Jayna recalls many stories Arnold told her from his work on The Ten Commandments. He felt it was his greatest work because of its influences on so many people around the world.

Famous movie director for The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille, created costumes based on Arnold’s visions and paintings of each character.

Jayna said the painting called “The Finding of the Infant Moses by the Daughter of Pharaoh” holds a special place in her heart. Arnold was re-touching the painting just before he died.

“He literally worked on it that day and then he fell,” she said. “That was the last painting he ever touched. It’s very special to all of us.”

The upcoming exhibit will feature 75 original works of art from Arnold, including his famous depiction of George Washington called “Prayer at Valley Forge.”

“This is the first overall retrospective of a lifetime’s worth of work,” Dr. Alexandra Karl, Curator for the event, said.

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