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"New Works by California Artists: Bob Gerbracht, People and Places"
2003-11-16 until 2004-01-11
Triton Museum of Art
Santa Clara, CA,
USA United States of America
The Triton Museum of Art presents master pastelist, Bob
Gerbracht. His exhibition features his oil on linen and pastels on paper portraits and
landscapes. While some artists draw people based on their perceptions of what the
person should look like, Gerbracht digs a little deeper. He's interested in capturing
the individual, especially his or her character, in his portraits. With head figures, he
tries to understand them fully, making possible an unspoken dialogue between artist
and subject. Gerbracht likes to use live models because he feels he can capture the
nuances of their physical features much better than when working from photographs.
With landscapes, the artist uses the same approach as he does in his portraits,
and they too, reveal his uncanny ability to draw in realistic, yet expressionistic ways.
He likes to visit the same location in different times of the year or under different
weather conditions to capture the location's potential. Gerbracht wants to make sure
that the perfect sway of a leaf on a palm tree or the delicate hues of the ocean are
Bob Gerbracht attended Yale University and completed a five-year course in
three and a half years. After receiving his BFA there, he attended the University of
Southern California and received his MFA. He is currently a member of the Pastel
Society of America, the Society of Western Artists and teaches future artists in his
San Francisco studio.