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Ted Lambert is one of the premier Alaska artists, a true pioneer. He was born in 1905, and raised in the Chicago area, Ted Lambert moved to Alaska in 1925 and went to work as a miner near McCarthy. He held several jobs, predominantly working at a copper mine and mushing dogs—first for adventure, and then as a mail carrier.
Ted Lambert left Alaska in 1931 to study art for a year in Chicago at the American Academy of Art, then moved to Seattle, where he began a mentorship under the esteemed Eustace Ziegler, with whom he traveled throughout Alaska and painted. Eventually Lambert settled down in Fairbanks, where he lived for twenty years and solidified his reputation as a painter and an artist.
In 1960 he vanished from his remote cabin in at Bristol Bay. No trace of his body was ever found, but among the effects rescued from his last home was a memoir of his early days in Alaska.