About the Artist
Art has always been a part of my life. As a child I played with my father’s pastels. He was a commercial artist who sketched with pastels. As I grew up I won summer art contests all through grade school. However, as many young men do I rebelled and wanted nothing to do with art –my father’s profession. So I enrolled in the University of Chicago and got an undergraduate degree in political science. However, as a graduate student, when I flunked out of the business school, I switched to Art History.
I almost finished my Master’s degree when I was drafted into the Army during the Viet Nam War. Art saved me from combat duty when the military assigned me to the U. S. Army Exhibit Unit near the Pentagon. There I learned how to silk screen print graphics onto exhibit panels. Later, I would use this skill to self publish several editions of silk screen prints. When I was discharged from the Army, I was a graphic designer for awhile with a railroad. Once I married, I was able to become a full time professional artist –thanks to my wife who was a teacher.
At various times in my life I have tried to avoid art — to no avail. My wife, Janet, will testify that during our marriage of about four decades art has kept me sane. Retirement has been a continuation of art in my life which makes me immensely happy.
I hope my audience enjoys my art as much as I enjoy creating it. Recently, I have been producing paintings using acrylics or pastels. As a result of living almost my entire life in Chicago, the major portion of my recent work consists of nighttime representations of lights or images of the city. I am interested in capturing basic geometric relationships and if possible, some of the spiritual impact of urban cityscapes.
When I start creating a new work of art, I begin by recalling a variety of visual images I have stored in my memory. Some of these memories are very fresh, being images seen only days or weeks before. But some are from my childhood. I seek to discover in each stored image its essence: qualities that had the power to impress and astonish me when I first saw the image.
During the last thirty years, I have been juried into many national exhibitions and one-man shows and had gallery representation in New York, Chicago and in many other cities. In addition, agents and publishers of my limited edition serigraphs have sold hundreds of my prints to galleries and collectors. I have completed works of art for galleries, corporations and private collectors as far away as Canberra, Australia, where William Pei & Associates, architects, selected a suite of my limited edition prints for installation in a hotel they designed.
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Allerton Hotel, Chicago, IL Johnson and Johnson, Racine, WI American Hospital Association Lakepoint Towers, Chicago, IL American Telephone and Telegraph Marshall Field and Co., Chicago, IL Amoco Oil Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Borg-Warner McDonalds Corp. Hdqtrs, Oakbrook, IL Chicago Board of Options Exchange Montgomery Wards Chicago Realtors Association A.C. Nielson, Northbrook, IL Chicago White Metal Company Peat, Marwick & Mitchell City of Chicago, Dept. Urban Planning William Pei &Associates, Canberra Continental Illinois Bank Pillsbury Cummins Diesel Playboy Detroit Renaissance Center Pullman Standard Encyclopedia Britannica Schiff, Hardin & Waite First National Bank of Glenview Sears Florsheim Shoe Company S.E. Banking Corp., Winter Park, FL Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Town & Country Bank, Newport, MN General Motors, Detroit, MI UIDC Management, Chicago, IL Gould, Oakbrook, IL U.S. Federal District Court, Chicago, IL GTE of Indiana, Ft. Wayne U.S. Post Office, San Francisco Holiday Inns, Duluth, MN University of Illinois Research Hospital IBM, Woodstock, NY Liver Transplant Ward, Chicago, IL J. Walter Thompson Advertising, NYC
Laughlin House BB Gift Shop, Bentonville, AR Wishing Spring Gallery, Bella Vista, AR Fred Dorfman, Art Publisher, New York City, NY Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL Art Institute of Chicago Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Chicago, IL Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago, IL Fine Art Editions, Miami, FL Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, IL Collector’s Showroom, Chicago, IL Thomas Merritt 124 Studio, Bentonville, AR Poor Richards Art Gallery, Rogers, AR Greg Copeland, Inc., Art Publisher Newark, NJ Prajna Gallery, Saugatuck, MI Peoria Art Guild Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Peoria, IL Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO Button-Petter Gallery, Douglas, MI Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
ONE MAN SHOWS
2012 Thomas Merritt 124 Studio, Bentonville, AR 2010 Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR 2010 One-Man Show, 75th Street Gallery, Prairie Village, KS 2009 One-Man Show, Wishing Springs Gallery Studio, Bella Vista, AR 2007 One-Man Show, Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO 2006 One-Man Show, Julie Wait Designs, Rogers, AR 1979 Neville Sargent Gallery, Evanston, IL 1974 Illinois Institute of Technology, Herman Hall, Chicago, IL 1974 Northern Indiana Art Association, Hammond, IN 1974 Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
MULTI PERSON SHOWS
2012 15th Annual International Society of Acrylic Painters, Peso Robles, CA 2012 57th Stockton Art League Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA 2011 65th Annual International Exhibition, Pittsburg Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh, PA 2010 53rd Annual Delta, Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2010 25th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX 2010 45th Central South Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN 2009 Irene B. French Gallery, Merriam, KS 2008 “Reconstructing Art Walk”, Regional Show, Crystal Bridges at the Massey, Bentonville, AR 2008 Pastel National 2008 Show, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS 2007 54th Annual Show of the National Society of Painters in Casein/Acrylic, NYC 2007 Art Expo Show, Boi Du Ouro Restaurant, Fayetteville, AR 2006 Vineyard Restaurant, Bentonville, AR 2006 MOAK 4 State Regional Exhibition 2006, Springfield, MO 2006 “Strange Cities: the Unique and the Unusual in the Urban Landscape” , Gallery 27+, NYC 2005 Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition, Little Rock, AR 2005 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, ACO, Springdale, AR 2005 ArtVisions 2005 Member Show, Village Art Club, Bella Vista, AR 2005 Fusion Gallery, Bentonville, AR 2004 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK 2004 Ozark Pastel Society Member Show, Ft. Smith Art Center, Ft. Smith, AR 2005 Artists of Northwest Arkansas Member Show, Sager Creek Art Center, Siloam Springs, AR 2002 Contemporary Art of Chicago, The Chicago Athenaeum, Schaumburg, IL 2001 One of a Kind Show, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 1995 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Midwest Pastel Society, Chicago, IL 1994 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Midwest Pastel Society, Chicago, IL 1993 Midwest Pastel Society Members Show, Chicago, IL
Bella Vista Art Club Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters
Acrylic Paintings, Pastel Paintings, and Silkscreen Prints
Art Scene Chicago 2000 by Ivy Sundell International Contemporary Artist, Vol.III 2014 by ICA Publishing
University of Chicago – College and Department of Art History Awarded European Fellowship