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John Yerger
John Yerger (American, 1935-2017) was a Western New York artist, teacher, juror and art critic. He was a native of Buffalo, NY and had worked as a professional artist for most of his adult life. He was known for his objet d’art miniature paintings, landscapes, still lifes, and in more recent years, a series of trompe l’oeil paintings, which are fitting tributes to America’s most legendary artists. Yerger studied art at the Art Institute of Buffalo, NY and at Vesper George School of Art, Boston, MA. Numerous artists had trained under him and he also held workshops at the Partners In Art Gallery, N. Tonawanda, NY.

His works, while evolving over the years in the technique of miniature objet d’art, slowly started to incorporate elements of trompe l’oeil and in more recent years, he had devoted himself exclusively to this technique which 'fools the eye'. The technique involves extremely realistic imagery to create an optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting. Tapping into the sensation of wonderment he experienced as a young man upon first seeing the works of American painters like Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and Albert Bierstadt at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Yerger melded his meticulous technical facility with a deeply personal source of inspiration.

In 2003, Yerger along with fellow Western New York artist Richard F. Kersting (American, 1937-) formed the Miniature Art Society of Western New York upon the realization that a miniaturist art group did not exist in New York State (currently no longer active). The Society, limited to only ten members, followed the standards of contemporary miniaturism shared by a small number of organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The Society focused on miniature objet d’art which is a venerable and universally appealing art form, respected by serious collectors world-wide.

The Miniature Art Society of Western New York former members included:

Joe Eger
Bernadette Franklin
Jose Fuentes
Richard Kersting
Robert Masak
Coni Minneci
Vicki Vitale
John Yerger

“Yerger has mastered not only the formulae of Trompe l’oeil but also through his profound study and love of the history of American art, has paid homage to that history by incorporating it into his still-life paintings. That love is all-encompassing, as he has reproduced, even duplicated, though not always partially, the romantic portraits of Gilbert Stuart and Rembrandt Peale, the quiet exactitude of Asher B. Durand and the Hudson River School, the panoramic vastness of Albert Bierstadt, the luminescent landscapes of Sanford Gifford, the fresh naturalism of Winslow Homer’s country imagery, the high-style portraiture of John Singer Sargent, the brilliantly-colored maternalism of Mary Cassatt, and the impressionist light, air, and color of Frank Benson-all expressed within the bounds of Traditional trompe l’oeil, and yet with the sure knowledge, ability, and passion of each artists’ creative process.”*


1935- Born, Buffalo, NY.

1994- Exhibited at “Francisco Marin-Price Contemporary paintings and sculpture by American and European artists”, featured works by several American & European artists, Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD.

1999- Exhibited at “The Little Picture Show III”, featured works by several artists, Schaff Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

2000- Exhibited at “The Little Picture Show IV”, two man show, Schaff Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

2003- Yerger, along with cofounder Richard F. Kersting formed The Miniature Art Society of Western New York (no longer active), Buffalo, NY.

2004- Exhibited with “The Miniature Art Society of Western New York Premier Exhibition”, Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc, East Aurora, NY, which showcased eight charter members of the Society: John Yerger, Joe Eger, Bernadette Franklin, Jose Fuentes, Richard Kersting, Robert Masak, Coni Minneci, and Vicki Vitale.

2005- Exhibited at the First Annual “International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition”, which featured works by 21 artists from around the world at the Pan American Art Gallery, Dallas, TX. Exhibited at “Partners & Friends”, featured works by thirteen artists, Partners In Art Gallery, N. Tonawanda, NY.

2007- Exhibited November 20th, “John Yerger American Art in Trompe l’oeil”, Adelson Galleries, New York, NY.

2014- October 17-November 15, exhibited, group show, "Trompe l'oeil: Masters of Deception", John Yerger and students, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY. Link to Exhibition Page

2017- July 19, John passed away, Buffalo, NY.

Exhibited also at: Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA.

Memberships: The Miniature Art Society of Western New York (former member), Buffalo, NY.

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(Rewritten in parts with additions & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, 12/2007. Sources: John Yerger American Art in Trompe l’oeil, and *quote from “Seeing Double” by Dr. William Gerdts, exhibition catalog November 20th, 2007, Dana Tillou & Peter Tillou, Adelson Galleries, New York, NY; Wikipedia; events archives; archives)