“Western Album” by Gary Erbe

“Western Album”

52 x 69 in.

oil on canvas

The Brinton Museum presents the exhibit Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective featuring thirty-four vibrant works created in the contemporary style of modern trompe l’oeil on exhibit until October 29.

Internationally known, Gary Erbe’s iconic images of Americana comprise a wide range of familiar subjects, including the golden age of television, sports, popular cartoons, classic Saturday morning matinees and culturally important social commentary. In describing his art, Erbe says that he has “found ways of circumventing the so-called rules of trompe l’oeil in favor of originality, inventiveness and creativity.” He often refers to his paintings as ‘levitational realism’, using flat space forms, shadow, light and color to create a visual story. Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective is part of a larger touring exhibition presented at The Butler Institute of American Art, Reading Public Museum and the John F. Peto Studio Museum, 2017 through 2018.

Read more about the exhibit at http://thebrintonmuseum.org/event/gary-erbe-50-year-retrospective/

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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