Art Friday: Stephen Gjertson (part 1)
Artist: Stephen Gjertson
Born 1949, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Style: Classical Realism
I have never done this before, but this artist deserves two appearances as I love his work so much. This week are his beautiful paintings of mothers, women and children - so delicate, touching and realistic. Part 2 will be his still life paintings . . . flowers that are exquisite to look at.
Gjertson decided to make art his profession while drawing Pilgrims at Thanksgiving in the third grade. And that is just what he did. He began painting flowers and fruit and has since gained a considerable reputation for his elegant still life's. He also paints landscapes and the ones I am sharing with you today - portraits. His wife (Patricia) and his four children have all modelled for him in paintings. He paints biblical themes.
His style of art is known as "Classical Realist". It is classical because it exhibits a preference for order, beauty, harmony and completeness, it is realist because its basic vocabulary comes from the representation of nature. It represents lifelike but not photographical - it is more stylized for the sake of beauty and harmony.
|The precious one|
|After the bath|
|The recorder lesson|
|Heros of the west|
|From this day forth|