Jerry Weiss

My parents met in George Bridgman's class at the Art Students League of New York. My father was a professional cartoonist of note, my mother an exceptional painter who didn't pursue a career in art. With their support I spent the better part of six years drawing and painting the figure in art school, and after leaving, continued painting the figure in the interior. My goal was to create a visual diary that would be a pictorial record of artists and friends. Then, as now, I was intrigued by the portrait and figure as a most sacred subject.

I never formally studied landscape painting. If you discount the thousands of hours spent poring through books and walking through museums, I suppose I am self-taught. Since moving to Connecticut in 1994 and painting outdoors in earnest, I’ve become more appreciative of the role of abstraction in the representational process—if the shapes aren’t interesting to begin with, no amount of elaboration will save the composition.


Whether painting the portrait, figure or landscape I work from life. I like to paint fairly large and rapidly. 


Jerry Weiss studied drawing with Roberto Martinez in Miami, Florida, and drawing and painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Mary Beth McKenzie, Ted Seth Jacobs and Jack Faragasso at The Art Students League and the National Academy in New York City. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. Jerry teaches figure drawing and painting year-round at the Art Students League of New York, as well as intensive workshops there and in other venues around the country. He has taught and lectured at art schools and art associations in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Washington, and was an instructor at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for fifteen years. Weiss is a Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine,for which he writes features, and the ‘Master Class’ 


Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minnesota

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon

The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama


Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Delray Beach, Florida

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL 
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA
Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, NY
Abraham Art Foundation, Canadian, Texas
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey W. Cooley, Old Lyme, CT
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston,MA
The Harvard Club of New York, NY
Pfizer, Inc., Groton, CT
Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Rubin, New York, NY
Book of the Month Club, New York, NY
Goodwin and Goodwin, Charleston, WV
Herrick and Feinstein, New York, NY
Mr. Don Shula, South Florida

Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ 
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Slater Museum, Norwich, CT
Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ
Bergen Museum, Bergen, NJ
Lotos Club, New York, NY
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
National Arts Club, New York, NY 
Bernhard Gallery, University of
Bridgeport CT

Ocean House Gallery, Port Clyde, Maine 2004 
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, 2002
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, 1999 
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Judy Goffman Fine Art, New York, NY
A.M. Adler Fine Arts, New York, NY