Born in Cologne, Germany the son of Max Ernst, Jimmy
came to this country in 1938 via the efforts of Peggy Guggenheim. Becoming a U.S. citizen in
1952 he lived in New York and East Hampton, NY until the late 1970s when he built a winter studio
in Nokomis, FL (south of Sarasota).
His autobiography A Not So Still Life was published
just before his death in 1984. He was represented by the Harmon-Meek Gallery since
1980 and has had six solo exhibitions, including the last show during his life and the first
memorial sales exhibition.
His oils give the appearance of web-like designs
with dozens of layers of paint. He is also noted for white on white and black on black paintings.
More than eighty museums have his work in their permanent collections in this country and Europe.
Mostly White by Jimmy Ernst
Oil on Canvas, 18"x24", 1971