Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006)
Black Marlin 8, Black Marlin, Two Dogtooth Tuna
Oil on board, 42 X 48 in.
Private Collection
Image © Silverfish Press

Stanley Meltzoff (1917 - 2006)
Image © Silverfish Press

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Lure of the Ocean: The Art of Stanley Meltzoff

February 9, 2013 - June 2, 2013

Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) called himself a picture maker and fish painter, but he was more than just any fish painter. He was the first artist to realistically portray marlin, bluefish, striped bass and other major game fish species in their natural habitats and is considered the master of the genre.

Born in New York City, Meltzoff received a classical education in the arts before joining The Stars and Stripes Army newspaper as an illustrator during World War II.  Meltzoff paintings have graced the covers of Field & Stream, Scientific American, The Saturday Evening Post and countless other publications. When his artistic career as a narrative illustrator waned due to the growing popularity of photography, film and video, he created a second career beginning in the 1960s and continuing until the end of his life that combined his artistic skill with his interest in diving and spearfishing. His research – in fish stalking, rigging, tethering, tanking, and freezing – enlightened his art, which brings to life the undersea world that few experience so vividly.          

The exhibition features approximately 30 oil paintings by Meltzoff, many that are three to four feet long, that portray fish in their environments from the New Jersey shores to the shallows of the Caribbean and the deep Atlantic waters.

The paintings will be supplemented by specimens primarily of fish, plus turtle, shell and coral selected from the Bruce Museum collection. The labels will touch upon not only the artist’s comments, but also an appreciation of the marine life and the current state of our oceans.

The exhibition Lure of the Ocean: The Art of Stanley Meltzoff is organized by the Bruce Museum in cooperation with the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, CT, and supported by Steve and Ingrid McMenamin and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

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  Stanley Meltzoff (1917 - 2006)
  Ray 4, Ray on the Ridge with Permit, 2000
  Private Collection
  © Silverfish Press


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