(Richard) Hayley Lever was a painter, etcher, lecturer and art instructor who was born in Adelaide, Australia on September 18, 1876.
He studied at the Prince Alfred Cultural Institute in Adelaide, the N.Y.C. Art Students League and in Paris and in London.
He was a member of the American Painters and Etchers, National Arts Club, California Academy of Fine Arts, Royal British Academy (London), Associate (1925) and Full Academician (1933) at the National Academy (NYC), the royal Institute of Oil Painters (London), the Royal West of England Academy; the Contemporaries and the New Society of Artists.
Lever won numerous gold and silver medals for artistic achievement at the National Academy, Penn. Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Pan-Pacific Exposition (1915), the Montclair Art Assoc., and elsewhere.
His work is represented in the White House; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash., DC; Dallas Art Museum; Des Moines Art Museum; Fort Worth Museum of Art; L.A. County Museum of Art; Telfair Academy; National Arts Club; National Academy of Design; Memphis Art Museum; Australia Art Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum and more.
Lever died in Mount Vernon, New York on December 6, 1958 recognized for his impressionistic views of boats in harbors and at sea.