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October Issue 2007
Jonas Gerard Fine Art in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Jonas Gerard
Jonas Gerard Fine Art in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, Landscape Energy, featuring a new body of work by Jonas Gerard, inspired by Western North Carolina's mountain scenery, on view from Oct. 5 through Nov. 2, 2007.
This nationally known abstract artist recently moved to Asheville from Miami, FL, to open a 5,000 sq. foot studio/gallery in the Asheville River District. Gerard has been captivated by the landscape that surrounds him. Constantly pushing himself further in his art; his vision is ever evolving. "My work has led me on a totally unpredictable journey throughout my whole life as I constantly discover new forms of self expression, and the absolute joy of discovery is an integral part of who I am as an artist," says Gerard.
For the abstracted landscapes, Gerard has merged memories of the nature he's seen throughout the area with his free and vibrant abstract painting style to create the soul of the landscape instead of a visual reproduction.
Bringing to life the tradition of abstract expressionism, Gerard emerged into the art scene in the late 70's with work which has currently evolved into a mesmerizing explosion of color, contrast and movement. And, like the great contemporary Masters, such as Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman, and Franz Kline, Gerard has found his very own style of abstraction which is continuously growing and developing.
Gerard believes in the art of true Expressionism. In the 60's and 70's he explored other styles, including representational, figurative, and portraiture, but his abstracts have held true over time. In his current work one can feel the strength these paintings evoke. Gerard's intuitive and spontaneous manner is the very core of his life as a painter. These splashes of color, whether painted or thrown on, create a spirited canvas and composition not easily forgotten. It is this spirit, energy, and consistency that have brought him to the forefront of national art exhibitions today.
Gerard's work has been exhibited and collected all over the United States and abroad, in private and in public collections. His work, We the People, a bicentennial portrait of the United States, presented to President Ford in the White House in 1975, is currently part of the Smithsonian Institute's collection in Washington, DC.
On Oct. 6, 2007, at 2pm, Gerard will be painting live in his studio adjoining the gallery. Immediately following, the painting or paintings will be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to a local charity. Gerard's energetic, improvisational style of painting is fascinating; an entertaining, informational event not to be missed.
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