G. (GERALD HARVEY JONES) HARVEY (1933-2017)
G. Harvey grew up in the rugged hills north of San Antonio, Texas from where herds of longhorn cattle were once driven up dusty trails to the Kansas railheads. His grandfather was a trail boss at 18 and helped create an American legend. So the American West is not only the artist’s inspiration but his birthright.
Harvey’s early interest in sketching and drawing slowly evolved into a passion for painting in oils. After graduating cum laude from North Texas State University, Harvey took a position with the University of Texas – Austin. In 1963 he left his position to become a full time artists.
In 1965, Harvey participated in his first prestigious show, The Grand National exhibition in New York, and the American Artists’ Professional League presented him with their New Master’s Award. President Lyndon Johnson discovered his fellow Texan’s talent, became a Harvey collector.
Harvey’s original paintings and bronze sculptures are in the collections of major corporations, prestigious museums, the United States government, American presidents, governors, foreign leader and captains of industry. The Smithsonian Institution chose Harvey to paint "The Smithsonian Dream" commemorating its 150th Anniversary. The Christmas Pageant of Peace commissioned Harvey to create a painting celebrating this national event. He has been the recipient of innumerable awards and the subject of three books.