Born in Lethbridge, Ted Hagell showed a talent for drawing and a love of the prairie landscape and the pioneer life. His life work was a melding of those two themes. Ted studied art in New York and Los Angeles and made his home for several years in Vancouver and near Toronto. In 1952 he moved to Pincher Creek and then in 1963 back to Lethbridge.
Hagell created approximately 1500 works of art and wrote poetry and short stories. His works immortalize the early west prior to settlement and showcased the animals, landscape, and prairie life. He had showings at the VancouverArtGallery, the OntarioArtGallery, and the RoyalBritish ColumbiaMuseum, just to name a few. The Galt houses the authoritative collection of Hagell’s work.