More than just a fine fish artist, and art historian, Stanley Meltzoff born in New York City 1917-2006 for over 70 years could realistically present marine life in their natural habitat. His paintings are realistic not idealized versions of cartoons. The parallelism is designed to make viewers have the same attitude as they would when looking at ocean life. His fans know his artwork for its portrayal of sunlight as it illuminates the surroundings. The exhibition features 30 oil paintings of fish in their New Jersey Shore environment, the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
The exhibition, The Lure of the Ocean
Specimens of striped bass, billfish, tuna and other big game fish, turtle, shells and coral is organized by the Bruce Museum. The exhibition includes mounted fish including Meltzoff’s own record catch, a 65-pound striped bass.
His enthusiastic taste for diving and spearfishing began a second career in the 60’s
Combining his artistic talent and hours of observation with the lure of diving, fish and fishing, Meltzoff created a series of gamefish paintings for Sports Illustrated which made him an instant celebrity. His career began with classical artist education before joining the Stars and Stripes Army Newspaper as a war correspondent illustrator during World War II. His celebrated sportfish paintings also made the covers of Field & Stream, Scientific American and The Saturday Evening Post. His most famous cover was that of the bicentennial AT&T phonebook cover of which 176 million were distributed nationwide. He defined a genre, during a time when Kodak color was sweeping the nation as high-quality photos could be easily produce, and his skilled paintbrush may never be equaled.
The Bruce Museum
An exploration of art and science, in Greenwich Connecticut, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 Am to 5 PM and Sundays 1 to 5 PM.
Phone: 203-869-0376 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT 06830-7157
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