Friday, September 11, 2009

THE CONTRAST AND RICHNESS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE



Daniel F Gerhartz
Winter Self Portrait
24" X 30"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Artist, Dan Gerhartz, was born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin in 1965. He continues to live and work in the same area with his wife and three children. Dan received his formal training at the Academy of Art in Chicago. He also studied with Richard Schmid and has been inspired by Russian, European and American masters including Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla.
This talented young artist is a member of the National Academy of Western Art and the Northwest Rendezvous Group. He is highly regarded and acclaimed by his fellow artists and is a sought after instructor of workshops at the Fechin Institute in Taos and The Scottsdale Artists' School. Articles have appeared about Dan in publications such as Southwest Art, Art of the West and Plein Air Magazine.
(thesylvangallery.com)
His mastery of the female figure, the clothed figure especially, is brilliant. He has drawn inspiration from the very old tradition of romanticism and symbolism. His absolutely lavish surfaces, color and lighting are in harmony with his expressionistic brushstroke, application and modeling of light and shade.
His paintings are sensitive yet evocative creations, which dramatize his bold and ambitious technique. He is at his very best when he allows himself to explore the surface in a free and painterly manner, while retaining his sense of other worldliness.
(©2009 Utrecht Art Supplies)


The Passage
60" X 60"


The Passage (detail)
Images From Daum Communications


Keeping Hope
72" X 36"
Image From Daum Communications



Warmth
48" X 36"
Images From Daum Communications


Hind's Feet
Oil painting, 96 x 72 inches
Image from artrenewal.org


Daniel was awarded the "Best in Show" and the "Chairman's Purchase Award" for his painting Hind's Feet On High Places, above, at the 1st International ARC Salon® Competition.
Dan has a particular interest and appreciation for modern Russian art and the sumptuous canvases of the painters Nicolai Fechin, Isaac Levitan and Ilya Repin. As Dan says, their paintings are "completely loose yet deliberate and faithful, not at all flashy."
Indeed, the powerful and evocative beauty of Gerhartz's paintings are also due in large measure to looseness, honesty and faithfulness of his style. Dan's paintings embrace a range of subjects, most prominently the female figure in either a pastoral setting or an intimate interior. He is at his best with subjects from everyday life, genre subjects, sacred-idyllic landscapes or figures in quiet repose, meditation or contemplative isolation.
(©2009 Utrecht Art Supplies)


Encompassing
18" X 24"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Gentle
9" X 12"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Essence
12" X 9"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Adornment
22" X 17"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Lantern's Warmth
20" X 16"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Together
40" X 48"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Together Detail


As They Began
60" X 48"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


As They Began Detail


Drift off to Dream
Oil, 48 x 40 inches


Drift Off To Dream Detail
Images from artrenewal.org


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Blossom
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Green Pastures
18" X 24"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Crimson
36" X 48"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


A Quiet Place
40" X 40"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Coastal Village
12" X 16"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


His subjects evoke a timelessness and idealism, yet for the most part Dan has drawn upon his home and community in Wisconsin, including family and friends. His sense of intimacy and honesty with regard to his subjests are a direct result of his closeness and proximity to them. A projection of tranquillity, repose and rich introspection result from his knowledge of the content of his art.
(©2009 Utrecht Art Supplies)
Daniel Gerhartz's compelling paintings resonate an honesty, integrity, and a directness immediately evident to the viewer. His skillfull and tecnically adept work celebrates the created world, human form, personal relationships and a connection with landscapes and enironments of special importnce.
Gerhartz chooses subjects that allow him to explore and capture the artistic challenges of color, light, mood and emotion. Many of his figures are dressed in dramatic clothing which he often invents for its aesthetic appeal and lyrical qualities.
(From Lori's Art Gallery)


Amaryllis
40" X 30"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


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Daniel Gerhartz wins OPA Award of Excellence for Master Signature Members for his painting "Amaryllis" (above).


Flamenco


Flamenco (detail)
60" X 40"
Images from danielgerhartz.com


Julia
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Quiet waters
Image from danielgerhartz.com


“Tiffany”
oil, 30” x 24”
Image from premierartauctions.com


Peony
Image from castello.tistory.com


Tapestry
60x40 inch(private)
Copyright (c) Daum Communications


Silk
40" X 30"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


About his work Dan has said, “My goal is to effectively record the richness of our human experience, the contrasts between life and death, the dance and dirge, the beautiful and common, joy and sorrow, hope and despair, while in the end, offering a message of hope and pointing the viewer to the eternal.” and “As I paint my subjects from life and have the privilege of studying the awe inspiring breadth and depth of the beauty of the created world, it is humbling to ponder the greatness of our Creator.
(gilcrease.org)


Grandpa's Girl
36" X 48"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Green Velvet
20" X 24"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Dolls and Angels
40" X 40"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Evensong
54" X 84"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Fragrance
36" X 48"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Flowers for a Day
14" X 20"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


The Ballad
30" X 45"
Image from danielgerhartz.com


A Good Start
Image from danielgerhartz.com


La Boheme
Image from danielgerhartz.com


Artist Dan Gerhartz discusses art classes
Presentation Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Kewaskum Public Library


2 comments:

dvmemorial said...

I came across one of your paintings on the web and it has taken me so long to find the original artist. Your paint was used to inspire the Lantern of Hope a Domestic Violence Memorial project, however I would like to ask your permission to use your paintings or to ask if you would be willing to work with us on this project. (www.dvmemorial.com) you can reach me at dvsupport@live.com.

rompedas said...

All paintings featured in my post "THE CONTRAST AND RICHNESS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE" are copyrights of Daniel F Gerhartz. He can be contacted at gerhartzstudio@danielgerhartz.com . Thanks for the discovery. His paintings can be viewed at http://danielgerhartz.com/ . I would be glad if I can be of any further assistance in any dvmemorial projects, thank you.