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 Art J. Meyers  (1910 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Pennsylvania      Known for: illustration commercial art, cartoons and painting

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Biography from Jeff Jeremias Fine Arts:
Art Meyers was a noted illustrator*, commercial artist*, cartoonist* and fine artist*. During his long career, he lived and worked in Pittsburgh, New York City, Miami and Denver.

A Pennsylvanian by birth, Meyers studied at Carnegie Tech and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  His early endeavors were spent painting theatrical stage sets and drops. He worked on such productions as the Ziegfeld Follies, Earl Carroll's Vanities, and a variety of sets for vaudeville.  Later, in the field of advertising he did illustrations for United States Steel, City of Miami Beach, Rheingold Beer, Gulf Oil, Ron Rico Rum, and Aluminum Company of America.  His work appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Time, Life, National Geographic, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and numerous specialized publications.

From the late 1930's on, Meyers also worked as a cartoonist.  In the early 1940's his drawings were published in such magazines as Collier's, Liberty, Saturday Review of Literature, Army Laughs, Peek, Gayety, T.N.T., Swank, Stag, Golf & Sportsman, Fawcett, and Judge. During this period he also worked under the name "Ardo Meyers".

At the outbreak of World War II, Meyers enlisted in the U.S. Army and later was graduated from O.C.S.  In 1943, as a Captain, he was appointed Company Commander of a unit, which was sent to the Pacific Theater where they fought in the battles of Saipan, le Shima, and Okinawa.

Picking up the pieces after the war and resuming his career in graphic arts, he and his family moved to Denver.

In Colorado, Meyers drew for Auto Age and as a commercial artist received commissions from the 1950's on, for such companies as Gates Rubber, Congress Playing Cards, Coughlin and Company, Geddes and Borngrebe Wholesale Lumber, and Fonthaus.   In 1959 he illustrated the Maude Lindstrom Frandsen book, Our Colorado.  A cover illustration was executed in 1969 for the Humane Association's, National Humane Newsletter.  He would continue to receive commercial commissions into the 1990's.

He was also known for illustrating menus for various Denver restaurants and bars including Tante Louise and Trader Vic.

In 1955, Meyers along with five other local artists formed the Art Directors Club of Denver.  In addition to the A.D.C., he was a member of the Denver then Colorado Artists Guild, Denver Art Museum, the Society of Scribes, and the National Society of Art Directors.

In the 1980's turning to fine art, he exhibited in Denver with the Artists Guild, Savageau Gallery and Platte River Gallery.  Meyers also showed in Colorado Springs at the Hayden-Hayes Gallery in the Broadmoor Hotel.

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