Lever, Richard H.(Australian/American, 1876-1955)
Richard Hayley Lever was a painter, etcher, lecturer and art instructor who was born in Adelaide, Australia on September 18, 1876. He studied at the Prince Alfred Cultural Institute in Adelaide, the New York City Art Students League, Académie Julian (being influence by Van Gogh) in Paris and in London. He first arrived in England and painted for several years in the Cornwall village of St. Ives, a picturesque fishing port and became a member of the artist's colony there. He was a prolific artist and traveled throughout Europe painting outdoors in a confident, bold fashion. Some of his best pieces of that period were painted in the port villages of Douarnenez and Concarneau, Brittany, directly across the English Channel from St. Ives. At his studio in St. Ives he painted with fellow artist Ernest Lawson, who persuaded Lever to move his life to America. He arrived in New York City in 1912 and began to paint views of the Hudson River, Times Square and Central Park. Discovering the American east coast, he painted in Gloucester for many summers and at Marblehead, MA.
Lever won numerous gold and silver medals for artistic achievement at the National Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Pan-Pacific Exposition (1915), the Montclair Art Assoc., and elsewhere. In 1915, he won the gold medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the National Arts Club honored him with a lifetime membership and he was elected a member of the National Academy. From 1919-1931 he taught at the Art Students League of New York, maintained a Gloucester studio and often traveled to paint on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. He eventually bought a home in Caldwell, NJ, and painted New Jersey landscapes. He had to give up his home during the Great Depression. He died in Mt. Vernon, NH in 1958 a famous painter, etcher and teacher but never obtained much financial success.
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