Harvey W Johnson

Harvey W Johnson – explore von Essen Galerie for the artist reproduction wall art prints. Whether it be wall prints or other art media you will find just what you are looking for.

Johnson came by his artistic talent naturally. His father was a noted sculptor, and his mother was an accomplished painter. Following in their footsteps, after World War II, Johnson studied at the Art Students League in New York City. He worked for many advertising studios and as an illustrator (often of frontier life) for many pulp magazines. For nineteen years, he was an instructor at the Famous Artists School in Connecticut (where he became friends with one of his artistic idols, Harold Von Schmidt). Finally, he devoted his artistic talents to interpreting the historic West, especially the era of the mountain men and the fur trade.

A stickler for detail, Johnson did extensive research for his illustrations and paintings. Throughout his lifetime, he collected artifacts from and books about Western history. He lived most of his life with his wife, Ilse, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in an adobe house overlooking the Santa Fe Trail–one of the first trade routes between Mexico and the United States.


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