G. Harvey (1933-2017), Bluebonnets, 1959, oil on canvas, 24 x 36", frame: 29.75 x 41.75"
Exhibited: Dallas Fine Art Museum, "Western Masters" November, 2005
Born in 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, Gerald Harvey Jones, "G. Harvey" was a celebrated artist and lifelong Texan whose youth spent in the Texas Hill Country helped inform his nostalgic and evocative imagery of Western and scenes of Americana. Harvey was a prolific artist whose fans included President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally. His paintings have appeared in prestigious sites such as the White House, the National Archives, the Treasury Building, and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. Harvey began painting in the late 1950s and started earning national recognition soon after. Often compared to Impressionist masters such as Edouard Cortes, Harvey always believed that history lives through art including the epic struggle between the states, the western migration, the brief time when horses and automobiles clattered across cobblestones together. G. Harvey lived the remainder of his life in Fredericksburg, Texas, and died November 2017.