“Seascape” by Gary Erbe
Gary T. Erbe was born in 1944 in Union City, NJ where he maintained his studio for 35 years. Self taught, he began painting in 1965. In the early years, every painting Erbe created would become a learning experience bringing him closer to understanding what makes good art. This was a challenging time for him. Then he discovered and became interested in Trompe l’oeil painting. In 1969, he conceived a way of creating Trompe l’oeil paintings that would be contemporary and different from the 19th Century Trompe l’oeil masters and coined the term “Levitational Realism”. In 1970, he quit his job as an engraver to pursue art fulltime and in the mid 1970’s, he began to explore the idiom of abstraction and cubism and how it can be applied to Trompe l’oeil painting. The idea of integrating modern principles into his painting was very challenging and exciting. Bridging the gap between modern art and realism would be his vision. In fact, today his work has less to do with Trompe l’oeil and more to do with the creative process.
Erbe’s work is the creation of a synthetic sense of space derived from the combination of flat space integrated with abstract forms exaggerated and enhanced by shadow, light and color. Mr. Erbe has exhibited extensively throughout the world and has garnered many awards for his paintings. Gary T. Erbe served as President of Allied Artists of America, Inc. from 1994-2005.
To see Gary’s work available for reproduction click here!
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The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA, just opened a new gallery dedicated to combat art and we were honored to be invited to the opening. The gallery was very well done with movable walls that were custom designed and built to hold the artwork.
The pieces chosen to be displayed were outstanding. I’m sure it a was difficult task for Joan Thomas, Art Curator for the museum, to select the images to be used from their extensive collection.
The highlight for me was getting to meet some of the artists whose works were displayed, and putting the faces to those names we’ve seen over the years as we have worked with the NMMC collection. I was impressed by how quickly we were made to feel right at home. Thanks again to the museum director, Lin Ezell, for the invitation. – Joe Rudinec
For more infomation on the new Combat Art gallery you can visit http://www.usmcmuseum.com
If you are interested in ordering prints of the artwork in the new gallery or from the NMMC collection, please go to requestaprint.net/marines
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Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Show Opening June 23rd.
Akiko Kotani will show a new iteration of SOFT WALLS at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida as part of a group exhibition, “Skyway: A contemporary Collaboration.” Stay tuned for a solo exhibition of drawings at Mount Aloysius College this fall. See her website here;
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This image from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College was one of 8 from the museum’s collection selected for enhancing guest rooms at the newest lodging establishment in town, The Hotel at Oberlin.
There were a total of 216 matted and framed prints required to be produced, delivered and installed within one month. This was a formidable task, but with Cindy keeping production organized, all went smoothly.
The hotel was fully operational, so the management blocked off one floor a day for the installation, minimizing any inconvenience to guests. We mounted the prints using security hardware, however we chose to use four attachment points instead of the more traditional three point hanging system to provide a very solid attachment and quality feel.
Located right on the main corner in downtown Oberlin and just a block or two from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, The Hotel at Oberlin is a very comfortable and great looking hotel that has been “designed to be one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world”. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful project! The staff is outstanding, and the in-house restaurant is worthy of a visit. For more information you can find them online at: “thehotelatoberlin.com”