Jerry Malzahn, a talented landscape artist, was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas and moved to Texas as a young adult. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and founded the Malzahn Landscape Company where he currently serves as president.
In 1994, at the age of forty-eight, Malzahn began devoting himself to landscape painting. He garnered enthusiastic and immediate response at the 1996 Texas State Fair by earning first place prizes for both landscape painting and landscape painting with architecture, and third place prize for landscape painting with figures. Malzahn also displayed his art in two successful shows at the Wild Gallery (1996) and David Dike Fine Art (2003) in Dallas. In 2003, he was selected for membership into the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York. Malzahn’s landscapes are displayed in important private, corporate, and public collections in Dallas, Fort Worth, and New York, as well as in Annapolis, Maryland at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.
Malzahn’s brilliant landscapes pay homage to a wide range of nineteenth-century landscape masters. His heroic Western landscapes echo the grand panoramas of Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt in their scope and articulated perspectives. His meadow scenes carry the delicate and poetic subtlety of the French Barbizon School, particularly the dream-like atmosphere of Camille Corot, Charles-François Daubigny, and Henri-Joseph Harpignies. While noticing the influence of these artists, one ultimately sees the marks of an individual, sensitive to the nuances of how light and dark affect the mood of nature, yet impassioned to capture the breadth of America’s most exalted scenery.
In 2005, the city of Richardson, Texas held An Artist’s Collection exhibition in the Eisemann Center. Malzahn’s paintings served as the centerpiece of the show and a glowing review was featured in the August 2005 issue of the national publication American Art Review. The Verizon Headquarters in Irving, Texas displayed Malzahn’s work the following year, and his paintings have also been exhibited by Questroyal Fine Art at the Saratoga summer show. In 2007, Malzahn had a successful show in Bronxville, New York at Object & Images.
In 2008, Malzahn was invited to paint a Christmas tree ornament for The White House. Former President and Mrs. George W. Bush hosted a reception for the participating artists, attended by the artist and his wife Lyla. Malzahn’s Quiet Stream received Honorable Mention from the Salmagundi Club in 2008, and in 2009 he was invited to participate in the Maui Plein Air event. His paintings were also exhibited in collaboration with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the premier of Charles David Denler’s Portraits of Colorado—An American Symphony No. 1 in May 2013. The paintings were integral to Denler’s creation of his critically acclaimed masterwork. Malzahn exhibits regularly in Dallas, Fort Worth, and New York.