THE ARTIST - Biography of Samuel E. Ingwersen
Sam was born in Aurora, IL, moved to Middletown, OH where he grew up,
went to school, worked in the steel mill, and played golf. Sam received
his training in watercolor painting while pursuing his architectural
degrees at Miami U and Cornell. He was co-captain of the golf team at
Miami, the MAC champion, where he met a nice girl who liked to shag
balls and married her. Sam and Frances live in Bexley, Ohio near their
three sons and two daughters-in-law.
An art critic writes of a recent exhibit of Ingwersen’s work:
Sam is one of the world’s top golf watercolor artists. Sam was honored as “Artist of The Year for Golf Expo 91” for his watercolors, along with an Englishman and an American, at a golf art exhibition held in Charleston, SC with thirty top international golf artists from the United States and Great Britain. This was indeed a rare award since it had been the only international exhibit of art strictly devoted to the subject of golf. Ingwersen’s latest exhibit of his golf watercolor paintings was the “Art of Golf Exhibit”, 2007, The River Tree Center for the Arts, Irving Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine. Many of the finest golf artists exhibited works in all types of media. Record sales were 5 times that of any other show. Watercolors, mostly Ingwersen’s, outsold all other media.
painting of golf scenes started about 25 years ago. From the elevated
lawn of his summer place, adjacent to his home course, Sam was painting
the 15th hole at Webhannet Golf Club, Kennebunk Beach, ME, when to his
surprise, someone offered to buy it, unfinished. H’m…a sale, sight
unseen? It happened again. His gallery in New York called him about 6
weeks after their client had purchased his painting and asked if a small
reproduction might be sent to their client so that he might see what he
bought. Why doesn’t he look at the original? The response was: He is
anxious to see it, but it is hanging in one of his homes, to where he
will not return for awhile. So it goes.