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He was Born December 28, 1916, in Evansville, a son of the late Nat Howard and Geraldine (pote) Youngblood. He attened Indiana University, Bloomington Ind., and was inspired at the University of New Mexico in the fine arts. He also attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
During World War Two, Mr. Youngblood served with the 101st Airborn Division of the Army in the Europan Theater and was awared a Purple Heart. Following his education and service to his country, he submitted his combat sketches to E.W. scipps Co. newspaper offices and was hired by Editor E. T. Leech as an artist for the Pittsburgh Press. In 1963, He was apppointed the Art Dirctor of the Pittsburgh Press. Over the next 30, years Mr. Youngblood produced an estimated 400 color paintings and illustration for the Pittsburgh Press.
In 1961, on assignment from Metro Group Syndicate in New York, President- elect John F. kennedy agreed to have Mr. Youngblood ride with him on his personal airplane to Florida. Of all of his assignments to produce portrits of national and interational figures, the Kennedy experience was the most exciting. The artist included action sketches of the president-elect as part of his assigment.
In 1976, on his own intative, Mr. Youngblood proposed the idea of producing 10 major oil paintings titled The American Pioneer depicting the life of Pittsburgh citizens in 1776 for the National Dicentennial Celebration. The Pittsbugh Press allowed him a leave of absence and donated the 10 4-feet-by-5-feet paintings to the permanent collection of the Fort Pitt Musem at Point Park, Pittsburg, Pa.
In 1980, Mr. Youngblood retired form the Pittsburgh Press. He established a studio in West Middletown, Pa., to further his career and turned his attention to the intersts of youth, Native American art.
In 1981, Mr. Youngblood and his wife, Sandra, began on an extensive tour of the American SouthWest. They took with them ideas and painting he had produced the year before. He was represented by galleries in Santa Fe. N.M. and Scottsdale, Ariz., where he hosted several one-man shows. Mr. Youngblood also participated in the Artist of America International Show in Denver for 14 years. Mr. Youngblood has been active with mumerous national exhibits, and his work has been acquired by museums and countless collectors across the country. He produced hundreds of painting of the city ofPittsburgh, western Pennsylvaina and the American Southwest.
Source: Obituary. Evansville Courier Press (December 20, 2009)