Regional Ozarks Artist-George Kieffer

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.

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7 responses to “Regional Ozarks Artist-George Kieffer

  1. I think he also did the mosaic that’s at the entrance to Cox College of Nursing on North Jefferson.

  2. Nancy Rasor

    I have an original pencil scetch of titled “Old Fort Smith 1838” signed by Geo. W. Kieffer with the address of 806 S. National, Springfield , MO. It was a gift to my late husband many many years ago. Can you help me find out more about it and who to contact about it ?

  3. Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry but I don’t have any further information on Mr. Kieffer.

  4. Tina

    My mother-in-law has an original painting of a little girl, signed by him on Nov. 29, 1931 and has asked me to find out its value. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    • It is impossible to assign value to something we haven’t seen. Condition is very important, as is size and materials used. We would also need to verify the signature. Our pair of Kieffer paintings are for sale at $1200, sold as a pair; however, there is no doubt that the signature is his. Because he is a regional artist, interest in his paintings are limited to the Ozarks. Because of this, there is no sale prices of his work in international art catalogues and auction listings.

  5. Joyce Findley

    Just visited Springfield and remember the murals. I graduated from greenwo od and George Kieffer, Jr was my first date. We went to the Gilloiz theater. Just good memories. Do love the old Springfield. Not so fond of all the reconstruction.joyceazfin@aol.com.comjoyveazfin

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