Olaf Wieghorst, Dean of Western Art

Olaf Wieghorst (1899 – 1988)






Olaf Wieghorst (1899 – 1988) 


Unlike other contemporary western artists, Wieghorst actually lived the scenes he renders with such insight.  Cowboy, horse cavalryman, ranch hand and a friend of the Indians, he roamed the West during its transition from open range to the modern world.


He knows, first hand, the sights and people that are brought to life with  a graceful blend of impressionistic skill and authenticity.








Wieghorst moved to El Cajon with his family in 1944 and maintained a home, a studio and horses which served as his models and the inspiration for his paintings.  He is known as the “Dean of Western Art”.  


Missing in Roundup by Olaf Wieghorst




Missing in Roundup


Beef Herd by Olaf Wieghorst   Beef Herd


Apaches on the Trail by Olaf Wieghorst



Apaches on the Trail








You can see his original works at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum

                                                            131 Rea Avenue

                                                            El Cajon, CA 92020

                                                            (619) 590 – 3431







"From the opening of the American West until this present day, artists have sought to capture the rugged beauty, the drama and the romance of this unique part of our national heritage. None have been more successful then Olaf Wieghorst."

- Ronald Reagan


What other surprises are part of the 100 year history of our Artists Guild?  The History Committee would love to hear your suggestions of Guild members we should remember and celebrate.  Please contact  history@sdmaag.org with your suggestions.

-Submitted by Jody Abssy

  February 23, 2013