Hayley Lever (1875-1958)

Hayley Lever (1875-1958). Watercolor and pencil on paper, image measures 14 x 19 inches; 20 x 25 in original matte. Original c.1950 exhibition label affixed to backing sheet. The painting is undated and may have been painted in the 1940’s or earlier.



Birth place: Adelaide, South Australia

Death place: Mt. Vernon, NY

Addresses: NYC; Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Painter

Studied: Prince Alfred Club, Adlelaide; ASL; Paris; London.

Exhibited: PAFA Ann., 1913-32, 1940 (medal, 1917; gold medal, 1926); Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1914-41 (12 times); NAC, 1914-15 (prizes); Pan-Pacific Expo, 1915; NAD, 1914, 1936, 1938 (prizes); NAC, 1914-16, 1922, 1940; Phila. WCC, 1918 (prize); Sesqui-Centennial Expo, Phila., 1926 (prize); Montclair AA, 1930 (prize); New Rochelle AA, 1941 (prize); AIC; S. Indp. A., 1920; Salons of Am. , 1934; WMAA, 1922-46; Newark AC, 1936 (prize); Westchester Arts & Crafts, 1945 (prize); Macbeth, Rehn, Ferargil, Daniels, French & Co., Clayton, & other NYC galleries.

Member: NAD; Am. Painters & Engravers; NAC; CAFA; Royal British Artists, London; ANA, 1925; NA, 1933; Royal Inst. Oil Painters, London; Royal West of England Acad.; Contemp.; New SA; Woodstock AA

Work: PAFA; MMA; BM; Montclair AM; BMA; CGA; White House, Washington, DC; Ft. Worth MA; Dallas Mus. FA; Los Angeles MA; Telfair Acad.; Detroit IA; Des Moines AM; Woodstock AA; Univ. Nebraska; PMG; Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh; NAC; Adelaide (So. Australia) Art Mus.; Sydney (Australia) Art Mus.; WMAA; Syracuse Mus. FA; Antioch College; CAM; Memphis AM; Springville (Utah) AA; Perth Amboy (NJ) Pub. Lib.; Little Rock AM; Salt Lake City Univ. Mus.; Lincoln (NE) Univ.

Comments: Best known as a Post-Impressionist of marine scenes, he was active in St. Ives, England, beginning c.1895. In 1911, Ernest Lawson persuaded him to emigrate to the U.S. After the Depression forced him to give up his home in Caldwell, NJ, he became director of the Studio Art Club, in Mt. Vernon, NY. He spent his summers at Gloucester, MA, for twenty years. In addition to Caldwell, NJ, he painted in Manasquan (NJ), Woodstock (NY), Nantucket, Vermont, and Monhegan Island (ME). In later years his palette became more vibrant. Signature note: His signature was typically bold and slashing during the 1910s-20s, while his later signatures have fewer flourishes.