Gerald Harvey (American, b. 1933) The High Point


Gerald Harvey (American, b. 1933) The High Point

38,000.00 42,000.00

oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches unframed
Inventory # 6506-003

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Gerald Harvey ((American, b. 1933)) The High Point ,  Gerald Harvey Jones ('G. Harvey') has become well known for his romanticized street scenes depicting turn of the century towns in America. His paintings are closely linked in mood and subject matter to the work of prominent 19th century artist Edouard Cortes (1882-1962), who set a precedent for capturing the warmth of Victorian life in his paintings.

Born in 1933, Harvey grew up in the hill country west of San Antonio, an area rich in Texas history whose physical features have attracted generations of artists. 'As a child, I would spend hours listening to my father talk of the ranch life and frontier days of Texas,' he says. 'My paintings have never been literal representations. They are part firsthand experience and part dreams generated by my dad's stories.'

Although he enjoyed art while growing up, he graduated cum laude from North Texas State University in Denton with an Industrial Arts degree and then taught for several years in Austin. His early interest in art slowly evolved into an after-hours passion for painting, and he soon realized the time he spent on the weekends and at night was not adequate to satisfy his fascination. In 1964, he abandoned his teaching position and focused solely on his fine art career.

Harvey studied with Frank Gervasi and Porfirio Salinas, artists whose insight and experience helped him to refine his technique and approach to painting. In addition to this training, he devotes considerable time to researching the period, setting and details of each piece. He gathers material on location for his urban scenes, as he attempts to feel the pace of the city, and then returns to his studio to paint. 'I recall the impressions they made on me,' he says. 'The ultimate goal of my paintings is to elicit from the viewer an emotional reaction and involvement in the scene. So, while the facts and the descriptive information in them are important and need to be true to the time period, they really play second fiddle to conveying that indescribable feeling of the place.'

Harvey has been honored with museum exhibitions at the following institutions:

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1992

National Archives, Washington, DC, 1991

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, 1982

National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1963