Hal Empie Gallery

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Hal Empie Gallery

Cover image:  Childhood home of the artist, Hal Empie, in San Jose, Arizona

Discover the captivating legacy of Hal Empie (1909-2002), an artist born in the Territory of Arizona over a century ago. Step into the Hal Empie Gallery nestled in Tubac and embark on a journey through the family’s Arizona heritage dating back to 1886. Delve into the multifaceted career of Hal Empie, who seamlessly balanced roles as a professional artist, cartoonist, and pharmacist.

Experience the charm of the gallery as you explore original oils, watercolors, framed Empie cartoons, canvas giclées, signed limited edition prints and an array of notes and books showcasing his work spanning nine decades. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the artist’s studio and gain insight into his creative process.

While Hal Empie’s reputation primarily rests on his exquisite paintings depicting the splendor, inhabitants, and landscapes of the American Southwest, his foray into the realm of cartoons is equally noteworthy. Experience the whimsical side of Arizona through Empie Kartoon Kards, the pioneering copyright for western cartoon postcards conceived by Hal Empie in the early 1930s in Duncan, Arizona.

Witness Empie’s cartoons gracing the pages of publications like Arizona Highways as early as 1936 before he dedicated himself entirely to oil painting. His legendary Kartoon Kards enjoyed global acclaim for over three decades, with retail distribution spanning 38 states.

Preserved for posterity, the original pen and ink drawings of Empie’s cartoons reside in esteemed collections at the Special Collection Research Center at Syracuse University Library in New York and the renowned Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library in Columbus, Ohio. Vintage Empie Kartoon Kards postcards are archived with the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, marking their enduring cultural significance.

Recognized by Arizona Highways as one of the state’s premier destinations, the Hal Empie Gallery offers private showings, tours, and speaker sessions upon request. Plan your visit, inquire about gallery hours, and schedule private appointments by calling (520) 398-2811.

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The largest collection of Hal Empie’s cartoons documented.

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