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Gerald Merfeld (b. 1936)  Artworks >>

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]. Source

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