Though Gerald Harvey’s (b. 1933) painting career took off in the 1960s, his iconic oil paintings evoke an earlier era: a time when horse-drawn carriages traversed the cobblestone streets of American cities during the turn of the century, while streetcars began competing as a viable means of transportation.
Harvey is known for his use of light – light which is uniquely created using thick blotches of white paint – with golden glows illuminating otherwise relatively gray and dark settings. His paintings are often considered tributes to American history, as his work ranges in scope from depictions of the Civil War to landscapes of the great western frontier.
Born in 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, Gerald Harvey Jones, dubbed “G. Harvey,” grew up listening to his grandfather’s yarns about life as a trail boss in the Lone Star State. These narratives would infiltrate his later work as an artist, as he portrayed cowboys riding across vast plains during the period of Westward Expansion.
With a true reverence for history, it’s no surprise that Harvey’s workshop resides in a piece of American’s past: a 150-year old house in Fredericksburg, Texas, which he has restored to its original splendor with his wife Pat. Like any historian, he conducts extensive library research and studies photographic images in order to accurately represent the scenes he sets out to paint from his studio.
Harvey has been displayed in numerous renowned American museums, like the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution. His work travels as far and wide as the cowboys he has been known to depict, collected by major corporations and foreign leaders alike.
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