Born in Liverpool in 1927, Myer’s parents were Jewish refugees from Russia and Poland. They arrived in Liverpool ‘thinking that they were in New York’ as that had been their intention. But with no money to travel on, they stayed.
He began his career at the age of 4. His mother was an imaginative dressmaker and encouraged Myer to make collages out of fabrics, braids, ribbons and buttons. His academic art education started in 1939 at the age of 13 where he began his studies at the Junior Art Department at Liverpool Regional College of Art. He continued on to the Senior School, interrupted by National Service in the Royal Air Force.
His professional career took him from London to New York, New England, Singapore, Australia and Israel, before taking a position at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, rising to Principal of the College in 1977. He retired in 1987 and moved to Edinburgh where he lived until his death on 30th September 2011 aged 83, he is survived by his children Susie, Marc and Julie and grand-children Rachel and Matthew.
He received critical acclaim for his exhibition ‘The Holocaust – and After?’, which was a large one man exhibition that toured the UK and Europe. Many of pieces in the exhibition were purchased by leading museums and art galleries in a number of European countries.
His work is to be found in many collections across the globe including; The Scottish Parliament, The National Museum of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and Galleries, Bank of Scotland, National French Holocaust Archives, Memorial Museum – Jerusalem and the Prague Museum to name just a few.
The major art influencies in his life include Rembrandt, Monet, Matisse, Picasso (whom he met briefly), Mondrian, Rothko and Motherwell.