George Kieffer, Jr., 1905-1981, was born in Lawrence County. He grew up in the Pierce City area and later moved to Springfield MO where he raised his family. He was self-taught and most famous for being a muralist and sign painter. He worked in oil and watercolors. His style is often compared to Thomas Hart Benton, another Missouri artist.
His work can be found in different commercial locations in Springfield MO and in private collections around the Ozarks. One mural can be found the Fox Theatre in Hays, KS. A few of his murals can be viewed at the Present Word Church on Springfield’s Park Central Square (the old Fox Theatre) during the First Friday Art Walks.
His widest audience views his work at Silver Dollar City. Millions have viewed historical murals at the theme amusement park near Branson, MO. Look for his work at the Fire in the Hole rollercoaster attraction. He created these murals in the 1970s.
At our gallery, we have an oil painting of a child member of the Savage family from Springfield. It is 20” x 28” and is signed in the lower right corner.
My father, F. Gordon Robertson, was a close friend of George’s. Pop hired George as a freelance art restorer for the gallery. My dad said he was fine man.