NEIL DREVITSON
A.W.S. , P.S.A.
Neil Drevitson
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Neil Drevitson A.W.S., P.S.A.

Viewing Neil Drevitson's paintings, one thing becomes immediately apparent. In addition to being an incredibly accomplished artist, he is a certified romantic. Painting in the tradition of the Boston School, each of his subjects, no matter what medium chosen, becomes an absolutely beautiful work of art. He is fanatically dedicated to creating paintings of great beauty and this tenet has in turn given him many, many rewards and honors.

Neil was born in 1944 in Camp Lejeune. North Carolina. His father was a career Marine and his mother was an accomplished artist. The influence of his mother led Neil to the art world at an early age. He says the first time I held a bunch of crayons in my hand my future life was decided. He went on to art school and graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent eight years studying on an individual basis with four of New Englands finest nationally known professional artists where the tradition of the Boston School of Painting took firm hold on him. His lifes work since has been as a full time professional artist. Home is in Woodstock, Vermont, where he maintains a studio with his artist wife, Janice. They also own and operate Fox Gallery Fine Art in Woodstock Village, showcasing their art.

He holds full signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, Boston Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, Salmagundi Club, The Guild of Boston Artists where he serves on the board of trustees , Pastel Society of Cape Cod. He is the youngest artist to become a member of The Guild of Boston Artists, founded in 1914 by Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell and in 1995 Mr. Drevitson was chosen from over 500 Grumbacher Gold Medal winners to be the first living artist elected to the Grumbacher Hall of Fame.

His paintings have won thirty major awards, nine of which were gold medals. In the 1993 Arts for the Parks National Competition, his watercolor, Cobalt Bottle was awarded the bronze medal in the competition and was given The Founders Favorite Award. He had two paintings accepted for this prestigious national show with one of them purchased by a major museum for its permanent collection. He is also a recipient of two Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation Grants as well as being nominated for the Anna Lee Stacy Grant.

While the artist has mastered every major medium, he has been drawn more and more to pastels for the challenge they offer and the vibrancy of the pigments. (The gold medal that he won from the Pastel Society of America stand as testament to his command of that medium.) For those who love the water medium, he thankfully does several masterful watercolors each year, as well as significant works in oil. Above all, Neil Drevitson emphasizes quality in his work. While there are many skills that have gone into developing this impressive career, that is the one that he feels is vital to his art. He says, only one thing keeps collectors coming back again and again, and that's quality....quality. It's that simple.

Neil Drevitson A.W.S. P.S.A.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY:

  • Born 1944 at the United States Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
  • His mother, a talented artist was most influential in exposing her child to art.
  • He drew and painted from a very young age and after high school enrolled in and graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston Massachusetts.
  • Studied individually with four of New England's finest nationally known artists, each study lasted for two years.
  • In 1971 opened Drevitson Galleries Ltd. in Woodstock, Vermont, which is now the oldest artist owned gallery in Vermont.

EXHIBITIONS:

    He has had thirty three one man shows throughout New England and New York.

    He has exhibited at The American Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, Boston Watercolor Society, Salmagundi, Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, Dartmouth College, De Cordova Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Farnsworth Museum, National Academy of Design, Audubon Artists Exhibition, The Copley Society, Allied Artists of America, Silvermine Artists Guild, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Stratton Arts Festival, Springfield Art League, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Knickerbocker U.S.A., National Wildlife Art Museum, Woodson Art Museum, Dunnegan Gallery of American Art, Neville Public Museum, Hammer Galleries, National Park Academy of the Arts tour including, Jackson Lake Lodge, Jefferson National Memorial , Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park and Anniston Museum of Natural History, The Taiwan Center for the Arts.

AWARDS:

  • Latest Award November 2009 "The 30th International Marine Art Exhibition"
  • Top Award The Rudolf J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Medal
  • For "The Wreck of the Elsie Smith"
  • "The Alden Bryan Gold Medal" for Best in Show July 2009 The Alden Bryan Museum & Gallery, Land and Light Exhibition for "The Awakening"
  • 2007 "The Taiwan Center for the Arts" Gold Medallion for "The Girls of Summer"
  • He has won thirty major awards, 11 being gold medals, including:
    Grumbacher Hall of Fame Winner with Gold Medal of Honor; Guild of Boston Artists Gold Medal of Honor; Guild of Boston Artists Gold Medal of Honor; National Parks Academy of Arts Bronze Medal and Founders Favorite Painting Award; Marguerite Pearson Award, Guild of Boston Artists; New England Watercolor Society; Pastel Society of America, Gold Medal of Honor; and two Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation grants.

MEMBERSHIPS:

    The American Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, Boston Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, Salmagundi Club, N.Y., National Arts Club, N.Y., Southern Vermont Arts Center, Pastel Society of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Ct. Pastel Society and the youngest artist to be made a member of the Guild of Boston Artists.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Art Across America, by Dr. William H. Gerdts
  • Sunlight and Shadow, the life and art of Willard L. Metcalf by Elizabeth de Veer
  • Splash II
  • Breakthroughs in Watercolor Painting by Rachel Wolf
  • Monhegan, The Artists Island, Down East Publishing
  • Down East magazine Centerfold
  • American Artist Magazine cover and feature article. March 1990 issue
  • How to Capture Movement by Julia Cassels
  • Winters Promise... W.L. Metcalf in Cornish N.H. , 1909-1920 exhibition catalog. Hood Museum, 1999
  • Your Place in the American Landscape, the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • The Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publications
  • Yankee Magazine, Centerfolds and Covers
  • Palette Talk, Education Publication of Grumbacher
  • Water, How to See it, How to Paint it, by Patricia Seligman
  • The Pastel Journal, Feature Article, July / August 2003

  • Mr. Drevitson's paintings are in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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