Roger Medearis

Also known as Roger Norman Medearis

Roger Medearis (March 6, 1920 – July 5, 2001) ; American Regionalist painter.
He was a student of Thomas Hart Benton while at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 1930s and took up the technique of egg tempera painting, a rediscovered medium popular with Regionalists. Benton introduced Medearis to the Associated American Artists Gallery in NYC...

After World War II, Regionalist art fell out of fashion, replaced by Abstract Expressionism. Unable to sell his works, Medearis stopped painting. In 1966, Philip Desind, a Maryland art dealer, discovered Medearis' work and encouraged him to return to painting. Medearis painted new works until his death in 2001.

Born: Fayette, MO,1920
Died: San Marino, CaA, 2001

A map draftsman for the Naval Department during World War II. His fine draftsmanship influenced all his later works in the detail and meticulous realism of his style.

Between 1938-41, Roger Medearis was Thomas Hart Benton's most promising student at the Kansas City Art Institute. Under Benton, he learned to create detailed studies for his paintings. He began with sketches and then, to get a feeling for weight and depth, made 3-dimensional clay models. As he painted, he applied numerous layers of paint to produce colorful and vibrant scenes that were highly realistic.... During the war, Medearis worked as a draftsman for the Navy, which suited his realistic style and attention to detail. When he returned home, he found that regionalism in which he had worked was being replaced by abstract expressionism. As a result, Medearis gave up painting, took a job in sales, and did not return to art-making until the late 1960s. The last 30 years of his career saw a major output of paintings, drawings, lithographs, and bronzes, which highlighted his regionalist style and Benton's lasting influence.
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