In this ongoing series for Fine Art Today, we take a longer look at the history and features of a soon-to-be-available artwork of note. This week: Gerald Harvey, “Times Remembered.”
For several generations, the art of Gerald Harvey Jones (b. 1933) — known as G. Harvey — has commanded worldwide enthusiasm and demand. Born in San Antonio, Texas, G. Harvey has established a renowned artistic career founded on his beautiful representations of turn-of-the-century America and the West.
After graduating from North Texas University, G. Harvey accepted a full-time job at the University of Texas, Austin. However, in 1963, he made the decision to devote himself fully to his passion of painting, a decision that would profoundly affect the rest of his life. Within a few short years, G. Harvey had established himself as one of the preeminent painters in the United States. The Grand National Exhibition in New York and the American Artists’ Professional League presented him with their highly prestigious New Master’s Award shortly thereafter.
G. Harvey is also an accomplished sculptor, with his works in bronze housed in the permanent collections of major corporations, museums, American presidents, governors, and foreign leaders. He has also been honored with solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Today, he and his wife, Pat, live in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Collectors can undoubtedly expect spirited bidding as one of G. Harvey’s original oils goes up for auction April 1 via Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers. Titled “Times Remembered,” (Lot 199) the painting is a gorgeous winter scene in the heart of the American frontier. So characteristic of G. Harvey is the warmth of the piece despite its wintry subject. The golden glow of the sun blankets a distant field and mountain peaks. In this picture, G. Harvey has captured the spirit of a simpler time in America, restoring the sights, sounds, emotions, and memories of the era. The expressive, feathery brushwork also recalls the Impressionists, though it is not a direct translation. G. Harvey’s touch has more clarity and definition, but does not fail to activate the surface of the picture. Auction estimates are between $50,000 and $70,000.
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