G. Harvey (1933 - 2017) and his images have influenced a worldwide enthusiasm and demand for contemporary American art for a generation. Few artists have intrigued and captivated art collectors as widely as the celebrated painter. His scenes are warm, thoughtful portraits of our country’s bustling cities in a more genteel era and outstanding Western sagas of working cowhands at home in rugged landscapes.
Gerald Harvey Jones, known to his patrons and peers as G. Harvey, grew up in the rugged hills in Central Texas where herds of longhorn cattle were driven along the dusty trails. This background was the inspiration for the artist’s commitment to portraying the spirit of America. Through his art, our country’s history lives. Harvey restored all those memories, sights, sounds, and emotions. With his ability to capture the drama, light, and feeling of a moment, the artist brings the heart of his painting to the viewer.
Harvey had an early interest in sketching and drawing which evolved into his passion for oil painting. He went to North Texas State University and graduated cum laude. Soon after he graduated, Harvey took a position with the University of Texas in Austin. Yet he soon realized that just having the weekends and nights at the easel did not satisfy his love of oil painting. As a result, in 1963,
Harvey abandoned the security of his full-time job at the University and fully devote himself to his passion for creating art.
Harvey painted the heart of America, ranging from the western rolling hills to the vast prairies to the larger than life cities. He is known for his paintings to closely link with emotion and mood. His subject matter is similar in that of Edouard Cortes [1882-1962].
Harvey’s original works and bronze sculptures are in the collections of major corporations, prestigious museums, American presidents, governors, foreign leaders, and captains of industry. The artist was the recipient of innumerable awards and the subject of four books. Harvey was honored with one-man shows at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives in Washington, D. C.
Harvey makes us truly feel and appreciate the tranquility of simpler times. His gift to us is a gentle escape from the frenzied pace of our busy everyday lives, offering a time for us to fondly reflect on days gone by.