Stanley Meltzoff1917 -
Born: 1917, New Jersey
Stanley Meltzoff became fascinated by the sea when swimming and diving around the Jersey Shore as a child. He developed a passion for oceanic creatures as well as for art. He studied at New York’s Art Student’s League, the National Academy of Design, and the City College of New York. Until World War II, Meltzoff taught art history at City College. His extensive research and intellect allowed him to begin an illustration career starting at the top. He worked for Life, Scientific American, National Geographic, and The Saturday Evening Post. Eventually at the age of 55, Meltzoff began painting the oceanic world he loved.
Meltzoff depicts various underwater scenes focusing on game fish of the Newfoundland and Coral Sea. His impressionistic paintings have many layers of detail. He refers to his work as “illusionistic painting,” meaning that he uses the canvas as a window, allowing the viewer to feel he is looking into a watery scene. The viewer is engulfed by the sea and confronted by various forms of sealife, including nurse sharks, blue marlin, sailfish, and bonefish.