GERALD LEVEY -American - 1930

Gerald Levey is a nationally recognized marine artist whose work is known for its salty ambiance and authenticity.

Levey's spirited seascapes and ship portraits are based on his long professional life at sea as a career naval officer. He joined the Navy on his 17th birthday, and served in Pacific Fleet ships as an enlisted man for four years before winning an appointment to the Midshipman program at Columbia. Upon graduation and commissioning, he volunteered for submarine duty, served in both diesel and nuclear submarines and rose to command of USS SABLEFISH, a diesel attack submarine.

After his retirement from the Navy, he continued to work closely with nuclear attack submarines and their crews to develop search and attack tactics. He received the Navy Distinguished Public Service award for leading the tactical development program for 688 Class nuclear attack submarines.

As a high school art student in Brooklyn, N.Y., Levey roamed the city's waterfront, sketching and absorbing atmosphere. He is a recognized expert in both naval and commercial vessels. His paintings of the final years of the great New York port are particularly vivid and document the working merchant ships and harbor craft of the twentieth century.

He is a frequent exhibitor at the Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Seaport where he was awarded the prestigious Rudolph Schaefer prize at the 1985 Mystic International Show and the Mystic Seaport Purchase Award for the 1991 International exhibit.

He is an Artist Member and a past officer of the American Society of Marine Artists and has been designated as a Navy and Coast Guard artist. He is listed in the Dictionary of Sea Painters, an authoritative compilation of American and European marine artists of the Fifteenth through the Twentieth centuries. He is also one of 85 featured artists in the book Bound For Blue Water, by J. Russell Jinishian, which is the definitive guide to contemporary American marine art. Levey is also listed in the Artist Bluebook at

Several hundred of Levey's paintings hang in the wardrooms of naval vessels, in the corporate offices of the seagoing community and in the homes of collectors who value his paintings for their authenticity and style.

Levey’s paintings have appeared in Naval History Magazine, the Journal of the Steamship Society of America, Towline, the Moran Towing Company magazine and The Log of the Mystic Seaport Museum.

His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the Coast Guard Academy, the Submarine Memorial Museum, the Mariners Museum in Newport News , Virginia , the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Annapolis and the Charlestown Navy Yard Museum in the Boston National Historic Park.

Additional images of Gerald Levey's work can be seen at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, The American Society of Marine Artists and The J. Russel Jimishian Gallery.

All Images Copyright 2017 Gerald Levey, All rights reserved.