Just sit in front of this mixed media jewel, by artist Angela Gebhardt, for a moment and there is no doubt that her inspiration was tropical. One can almost hear the waves crashing against the shore, the birds calling to each other across treetops and the warm ocean breeze rustling through the palms. Just add the Buffet-famed “boat drink” and a hammock and you never need to leave – at least not until the docent politely taps you on the shoulder and nudges you along.
In reality, the painting, prompted by trips Gebhardt and her husband, took to Necker Island, one of the British Virgin Islands, located 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. Necker, owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, is a private luxury resort that had been uninhabited until the late 20th Century. It took three years and $10 million to become the Balinese-style retreat that it is today.
On the island for business – the Gebhardts designed and installed the fitness room and equipment at the luxury villa. Incorporating local stone, Brazilian hard woods, Asian antiques, Indian rugs, art, fabric and bamboo furniture from Bali – the main lodge is a work of art in itself – complete with glass panels in every room, that open to the 74 acre property and the Caribbean Sea.
Gebhardt’s use of acrylics, oils, stains, varnishes, straight pigments and fabric in this piece provides a rich back drop for the main blue which can only be deemed the most beautiful, brilliant hue there ever was. The overall tone is retrospective. It offers a place to escape and reflect – to hide from the chaos of daily life. Yet, the work has a flow, a shimmer and electricity only found in nature.
SPECTRUM MIAMI (Art Basel Week) Dec 2 – 6, 2015
Mixed Media 67” by 88”
By Angela Gebhardt
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