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Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Harvey, Maurice
Specialty: Paintings
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Late 20^th century artist Maurice Harvey was born in England where he
attended the Southend College of Art in Essex and the London College of
Art. Like many fine artists, he began his career by working in
advertising. Immigrating to Canada, he worked in commercial art and was
eventually appointed "Queen's Printer", which meant reproducing fine art
from the National Gallery of Canada. He was also commissioned to do a
series of paintings for the Canadian Centennial which were then presented
to the Parliament Buildings of all the Provinces.

Despite his success in Canada, Harvey moved to California where he became
involved in the motion picture business as a background artist, at one
time working on the television cult classic Star Trek, which
received an Emmy for work to which he had contributed. He also worked in
animation, as did his wife, one of the pioneering women in animation,
Julia Hartnett Harvey, also originally from Essex. William and Julia owned
a popular studio gallery in North Hollywood even as Julia continued to
work on such Hanna-Barbera classics as Yogi Bear, The Flintstones,
and the animated feature film Charlotte's Web and Maurice built a
following for his landscape paintings. They both taught art, and Maurice
wrote an instruction manual - Landscapes/Seascapes in Acrylic.

As demand for his seascapes and other works grew, Maurice was able to
devote his full time to painting the exquisite countryside around Carmel,
to which he and Julia moved. His work has continued to grow in popularity;
art historian Phyllis Barton wrote for Southwest Art Magazine, "His
emotional portrayals of the land, be it in the East Anglia countryside of
John Constable, or the golden greenness of his adopted California hills,
satisfy romantic observers of history." Today his paintings can be found
in hundreds of private collections as well as those of many corporations
and institutions, including the R.W. Norton Art Gallery.

Everl Adair, Director of Research and Rare Collections