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Gerald Merfeld Wall Art

Gerald Merfeld (Born 1936) began his career in the commercial art department of Chicago’s American Academy of Art, IL. He got tired of the often repetitious assignments and decided to change to panting classes with Mosby William. For 3 years he studied fine art, the learned that Cornwell Dean, who dominated the illustration field at the time, was looking for an apprentice. He sent a letter to the master illustrator; then after a long and anxious wait, he phoned Cornwell directly. He was accepted and in 1957 the young artist went to New York. There he assisted Cornwell in a large studio atop Grand Central Station. His duty included transferring Cornwell’s cartoon drawings to canvas by means of glass slides and lantern projection. He worked here for three years, helping Cornwell complete three murals, two of which went to banks in New England and the Midwest, and a third was installed in a Belgian chapel commemorating United States casualties in the Second World War.

Although Cornwell loved colors as much as Merfeld, it was Cornwell’s sense of design and drawing that rubbed of on Merfeld. What also swept him off his feet was the bohemian atmosphere of Greenwich Village. The intense philosophies and flamboyant lifestyle espoused by illustrators such as Mead Schaeffer, John Gannam, Rico Tomoso, James Montgomery Flogg and Walter Biggs shaped Merfeld’s art. His art is in permanent collections of John Deere & Company, Marietta College, The Walter Gray/Dan Blanchard Collection, U.S. Navy Archives, Museum of Contemporary Impressionism, and John J. McDonough Collection of American Art.
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