About the Artist

Jerry Crowley

I am a native of the Carolinas and am self taught. I have developed my painting style over a lifetime of study of European old masters from the Italian Renaissance through the Seventeenth Century.

I am particularly fond of the Venetians: Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto; the Florentines: Andrea Del Sarto, Pontormo, and Rosso Fiorentino; the Spaniards: Velasquez and Ribera; and a smattering of northern painters: Vermeer and Van Dyck.

I have spent countless hours in museums across the country and in Europe studying paintings that have been deemed masterpieces by generations of scholars and connoisseurs. Besides investigating materials and techniques, the question for me has always been “what makes them so good?”.

In other words, I have worked assiduously to develop my eye. These questions continue to be the force that drives me with the hope that, over time, my work will become more sophisticated in some noticeable way.

After twenty-five years of painting portraits, I am represented in private collections from Boston to Austin, including two NFL owners. I have also been commissioned by a number of colleges and universities, with the largest holder of my portraits being Georgetown University in Washington with seventeen portraits. Additionally, Queens University in Charlotte has twenty-four portrait drawings and Converse College in Spartanburg has seven portraits.

In 1984, I was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the inaugural Cultural Property Advisory Committee (Department of State). The committee’s role is to advise the President on the American response to requests for protection of the endangered cultural patrimony of member states.

The committee was created by implementing legislation in 1983 under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. I served three terms on the committee (including a third term under President George H.W. Bush).