Geoffrey Gersten: Eternal Repose, Divine Confrontation and Strange Discoveries
Sep 16th – Oct 8th, 2011
September 16 – October 8, 2011
Heavily influenced by the Dutch masters and Caravaggio, Tempe painter geoffrey gersten creates playful works that in contrast, have a major retrospective nod to the Surrealist masters. His paintings are a combination of subconscious imaginations, dreams, and sketched studies that are created using traditional oil painting techniques that begin with a brown and greyunder-painting and are followed with thin glazes, the outlining of major forms and toning colors, and then finished with thick, detailed layers.
gersten is currently inspired by the eternally confrontational repose of the characters in American Gothic. Grant Wood’s depiction is an exploration of the divine mystery of the Garden of Eden and the genesis of man and woman, which may never be fully understood. His colorful work consistently juxtaposes persistent hope alongside the most traumatic elements of the human condition.
At 25, gersten’s work is showing in Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Francisco, California, and is in numerous collections around the country and internationally.