Drew Ernst is a realist figurative painter. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. During his four years there he polished his painting skills, studying with accomplished artists including Sidney Goodman, Peter Paone, and Bo Bartlett.
At the age of fifteen Drew began drawing live models in figurative drawing classes at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. His attendance in these classes was faciliatated by Drew's early mentor, Martin J. Garhart, Kenyon Art Professor, painter, and poet. At the same time, Drew was mastering the watercolor medium studying with his high school teacher Chris Bunn.
"Every emotion goes into my paintings: love, hate, joy, sadness; it's all in there. An amazing thing happens when I love hard and paint hard. I become one with the work. My mind can make paint do things, anything; make it behave in ways it shouldn't. The act of painting becomes spiritual. Once this happens, anything is possible."
2014 Untitled, Haley Fine Art
2012 Awake, Haley Fine Art
2010 New Work, Haley Fine Art
2010 Butler Institute, 75th National Midyear
2009 Winston-Wachter Fine Art
2006 Altered States, Solo Exhibition, Zenith Gallery
2006 Butler Institue, 70th National Midyear
2006 Allegory, Winston Wachter Fine Art
2006 From Sea to Shining Sea, DC Art Center
2006 Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
2006 Pearl Concord Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio
2005 Connected, Zenith Gallery
2005 Out of Line, Seraphin Gallery
2004 New Work, Art Access Gallery
Wolff Williams & Connolly LLP
Michael Klien, esq.
Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering
Haley Fine Art
Akre Capital Management
Paul Davis Inc.
Publications & Awards
New American Paintings, August, Book # 65, pg. 26-2921
Young Artists to Collect Now. South West Art, September, pg. 135
Home & Design Sourcebook, Fall/ Winter, pg. 57
Cover Artist, Mid-Atlantic Gallery Guide, December, pg. 5-6
Magner, Jim, Artist Profile, Hill Rag, December, pg. 96
Allied Artist Award, 70th National Midyear, Butler Museum of American ArtBest of Show, Pearl Concord Gallery, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stacey Scholarship Winner, Alexander Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, 2001Artists' House Gallery Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts MuseumJ. Henry Schiedt Travel Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art MuseumSusan Carlen Brown Prize for Aqueous Media, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtM. G. Capuzzi Memorial, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum
2002 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia