Artist Analysis Gershom

Artist Analysis Gershom

As a student of Crafton Hills College I got the opportunity to view a collection of still life paintings and drawings by the Los Angelesbased artist Gershom which is on display at the Crafton Hills College Art Gallery from February 21 to March 10 An opening reception was held on February 21 at 1 pm followed by a lecture from Gershom Precision and Soul The Daily Practice of the Painting at 2 pm at the art gallery was a rare opportunity for student viewers to engage with this revered artist The exhibition includes twentyfour different sized oil paintings on wood panel It also includes the representation of his studio settings with some preliminary drawings to show his art process also some of the objects in a showcase which has been used by the artist to draw and a slide show of his emoji like drawings were moving on a computer

Gershom was born in the Netherlands and lived for many years in Amsterdam Art has always been his passion but he earned the degree in Psychology and Epidemiology at first and then moved to Los Angeles to study sculpture and painting Currently he teaches Neuropsychology of perception and imagination at different schools and also teaches drawing studio and rendering in oil paint To make paintings he has been using classical techniques of layering and glazes Most of his still life paintings are painted almost life size During his lecture he explains the process of his paintings which sounds very interesting After a lot of pencil drawings he traces them on tracing paper and cuts them which he uses to create a balanced composition with a grid method by following the rule of third Gershom said that lines create drawings and shapes create paintings He also discusses that how important the background of an artwork works To generate a three dimensional illusion he uses different values on two dimension surface By creating the contrast the objects automatically getting the attention and being a focal point of the whole picture

Blue Bowl with Cherries 2010
oil on panel
14 x 16
1712 x 1912 framed

From different paintings I choose two different works to discuss about it The first painting is titled Blue Bowl with Cherries was the heart of the show Like all other work this is also painted on panel with oil size 1712 x 1912 framed To make this work interesting the artist uses white greenish gray blue and red colors and composed it with asymmetric balance The missing shadow of the bowl and different forms like spheres and cube create a mystery here Soft shallow curves recalls the curves of the human body and often have a pleasing sensual quality and a softening effect on the composition Most of the shapes are formed by lines and shifts in color and value As we move from left to right the value changes into darker this creates a sense of depth and dramatic contrasts emphasizing a strong light source from the left side of the artwork The negative space of the work which is lighter greenish gray background enables the viewer to clearly distinguish the shapes moreover the emptiness of the top part is creating the asymmetrical balance to the artwork

White Pot with Artichoke 2005

oil on panel
24 x 19
2912 x 2412 framed

The second artwork I chose to discuss about is titled White Pot with Artichoke which he created in 2005 five years ago than the first painting The disproportionate amount of negative space accentuates the artwork vulnerability and isolation The changing values of different shapes play a major role in establishing space relationships The artist uses different values to create different textures Somewhere it feels so soft with lighter value at the same time with more contrasting values he creates a very harsh surface Artists use color line and shading to imply textures in a twodimensional work The use of such lines values shapes color and textures create the illusion of depth in space from the foreground through the middle ground to the background As per my point of view the focal

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