Born in Monroe County, Ohio, W. Frederick Jarvis became a landscape
painter, potter and art educator. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and in
Munich, Germany with Franz Mueller.
In the early
1920s, he moved to Dallas, Texas, which became his lifetime home base.
He opened his studio in Bush Temple, taught at the Merdick Fine Art
School, and also displayed art pottery. Between 1926 and 1927, he again lived in New York City, and there was a member of the Society of Independent Artists. This period was followed by a brief time in San Antonia and re-settlement in Dallas.
Before 1928, he was on sketching trips to New Mexico and Arizona, and his subjects included the Grand Canyon.
Affiliations also included the Paint and Palette Club of Washington DC, and the Southern States Art League.
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Wesley Frederick Jarvis was born in Clearington, Ohio on July 17, 1868. Jarvis studied at the Art Students League in New York City and with Franz Mueller in Munich. He taught painting in New York before moving to Dallas, Texas about 1920.
He soon established a studio and art school in the Bush Temple where he taught small classes, painted impressionist landscapes, and produced art pottery. While based in Dallas and San Antonio, he made painting trips to California, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon. He later lived in Los Angeles until his death on September 14, 1944.
Member: Southern States Art League; Society of Independent Artists.
Exhibited: Texas-Oklahoma Fair, 1924 (gold medal); Society of Independent Artists (New York), 1925-27, 1936; Dallas Museum, 1936 (solo).