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Byron Levy

We are sad to report that Byron Levy passed away on 9/27/15 at the age of 94. He remained fairly active in recent years and his work was featured in several Baton Rouge galleries. One of his most recent works was a depiction of a jazz funeral for the daily version of the Times Picayune in 2012 when they announced their focus on digital and reduced production of the traditional paper. We will miss Byron. He was an inspiration to many.

Jazz Funeral for The Times Picayune by Byron Levy

Byron Levy has painted watercolors in New Orleans for the past 50 years. He studied watercolor with many of the leading watercolorists in the United States including Dong Kingman, Bob Wood, Edgar Whitney, Terry Madden, Milford Zornes and many others. He has also participated in workshops and courses at Tulane University, Newcomb College and the University of New Orleans. Byron Levy
He has accumulated over 150 sketchbooks which record his various activities and travels. Pages from his World War II sketchbook appeared in The Times Picayune in 1995. A six page illustrated article appeared in the 2000 summer issue of Watercolor, An American Magazine, showing Byron Levy's sketches and explaining techniques of workshops.

Byron Levy is a member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association and the New Orleans Art Associaton. Mr. Levy created posters for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, WYES Public TV and a commemorative plate for the Parkway and Park Commission. He has had several one-man exhibitions of jazz paintings and has paintings in many private collections.

In 2005, he was awarded the LA Watercolor Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. He taught courses in watercolor at Forstall Art Supply on Harrison Avenue in New Orleans for 10 years and is presently teaching as a volunteer at St. James Place in Baton Rouge.

Byron Levy's Original Art
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