Born in Oklahoma, Bart Forbes earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina and continued his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
In more than four decades as one of America's most successful illustrators, Forbes has created artwork for major sporting events including the Kentucky Derby, America's Cup, the Indianapolis 500, the Boston Marathon, the Olympic Games, the Westminster Dog Show, and numerous PGA tournaments. He has also created art for many of America's top magazines including TIME and Sports Illustrated. Among his many corporate clients are NBC, Exxon, Pepsi-Cola, Eastman Kodak, Lockheed, ABC, ESPN, and the National Football League. The Sports Art of Bart Forbes, a collection of many of his famous sports paintings, was published in 1998. His paintings can be found in the private collections of former President George H.W. Bush, Arnold Palmer, Pat Summerall, Tiger Woods, and Jerry Jones.
Forbes, who works from his studio near Dallas, Texas, has recently become interested in a new genre of oil painting embodying primarily landscape and still-life themes painted over richly-textured surfaces.
Forbes has designed 21 postage stamps for the United States Postal Service, including the 1985 Abigail Adams and 1989 Lou Gehrig commemoratives, five Olympians stamps in 1990, the 1989 America the Beautiful postal cards, and the 2011 Ronald Reagan Centennial stamp.
22¢ Abigail Adams (1985)
22¢ Winter Olympics - Skiing (1988)
25¢ Summer Olympics: Gymnastics (1988)
25¢ Lou Gehrig (1989)
15¢ Take Pride in America postal card (1988)
15¢ America the Beautiful: Desert Sunset postal card (1988)
15¢ America the Beautiful: Buffalo postal card (1988)
15¢ Wetlands postal card (1989)
21¢ Mountains postal card (1989)
15¢ Seashore postal card (1989)
15¢ Woodlands postal card (1989)
15¢ America the Beautiful postal cards (4 designs): Baltimore; Washington; Philadelphia; & New York (1989)
25¢ Olympians (5 designs) (1990)