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 Gerald Lydon Merfeld  (1936 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/New York      Known for: town-landscape, portrait and genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is based on information sent by a contributor who quoted from the Brookwood Gallery web site where they, in turn, were quoting from an article in Southwest Art - July 1996:

Although he began in the commercial art department of Chicago's American
Academy of Art, Gerald Merfeld quickly tired of the repetitious assignments and changed to painting classes with William Mosby.  For three years he studied fine art and then, working from a large studio atop Grand Central Station, he assisted illustrator Dean Cornwell by transferring his cartoon drawings to canvas by means of glass slides and lantern projection.  Merfeld worked with Cornwell, helping him complete three murals, two that went to banks in the Midwest and New England and a third installed in a Belgian chapel commemorating U.S. casualties in World War II.

Although Cornwell loved color as much as Merfeld does, it was the illustrator's precise drawing and sense of design that rubbed off on Merfeld. What also rubbed off was the Bohemian atmosphere of Greenwich Village. The flamboyant lifestyles and intense philosophies espoused by illustrators such as Walter Biggs, James Montgomery Flagg, Rico Tomaso, John Gannam and Mead Schaeffer shaped Merfeld's personality and views about art as he embarked on his own painting career, first in New England and later in his hometown of New Lenox, Ilinois.

Painting was accompanied by teaching when Merfeld opened his Brookwood
Gallery and Atelier in a former grocery store and later in a studio near a creek.  He also joined the workshop circuit, seeking out locations such as Idaho to satisfy his craving for dramatic scenery. The exposure he received during these summer jaunts finally lured him to southern Colorado in 1992; the following year he was one of seventeen artists featured in Modern Oil Impressionists by Ron Ranson [David & Charles Publishing Co., United Kingdom].

Southwest Art - July 1996

STUDIED: Painting in Chicago with William Mosby; Studio assistant to mural painter Dean Cornwell

A combat artist for the U. S. Navy in the Mediterranean and Vietnam

Received the Louis E. Seley Gold Medal - U. S. Navy/Salmagundi Club
1989 American Artist Professional League "Gold Medal of Honor"
1989 Knickerbocker Artists "American Artists Magazine Award"
Two gold medals at the Washington Square Exhibit, New York City
Oklahoma Museum of Art "1975 Award for Painting"
Marietta College "Mainstrreams '76 Juror's Award of Merit" &
"Mainstreams '77 Award of Distinction"
"First Prize" 1980 Hope Show
"First Prize" and Silver Bowl, Bulter Institute of American Art, 1983

Springfield, Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts
Smithsonian Institute
Knickerbocker Artists, New York City
Hudson Valley Art Association
Audubon Artists, New York City
Allied Artists of America, New York City

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