Echoes Of Breath

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Echoes Of Breath

By Kris Gebhardt

Mixed media 57″ by 43″

In severe cases of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, when the heart is weak and the lungs fill with fluid, breathing becomes desperate and shallow. This is a raspy hiss instead of a seamless, white noise. Artist Kris Gebhardt is familiar with this tightrope walk between life and death — these echoes of breath resonate from his physical training days with recovering heart attack and cancer patients. The angry imitation of taking in oxygen portrayed in this painting haunts the viewer, while offering some solace at the same time.

Reminiscent of a broken reed on a wind instrument, these Echoes of Breath, each fighting not to be the last, were recorded in the subconscious of Gebhardt, until one day the cadence manifested as a frail beauty dressed for a party. Unclear as to whether she is celebrating her victory or embarking on a battle, her strong chin and upright posture contrast with her ashen skin and gaunt face. Is that a wig with hastily drawn eyebrows or merely a festive scarf to hide her loss?

She is depicted on a scrap of canvas that stands 57” tall x 43” wide and is smaller than many of Gebhardt’s works. This piece symbolizes his non-art career — his other passion — rebuilding the broken, the beaten and the dammed. Once again revisiting his gritty style and somewhat sinister overtones, Echoes of Breath is dedicated to all those whom Kris Gebhardt has helped regain life, mobility and strength.

Couples Therapy @ SPECTRUM Indian Wells Art Show

Couples Therapy

couplestherapyMixed Media 67″ by 56″ by Kris Gebhardt

Discover Spectrum Indian Wells—a contemporary art show in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley. Featuring an international slate of artists and galleries, Spectrum Indian Wells is where exceptional art meets an equally stunning backdrop. Join us for an unforgettable four days of cutting-edge art, entertainment, and special events.

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Necker Island Painting By Angela Gebhardt Inspired By Trip’s To British Billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island Paradise

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

Necker Island

Mixed Media 67” by 88”

By Angela Gebhardt

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Necker Island Painting By Angela Gebhardt

Angela Gebhardt @ SPECTRUM MIAMI 2015

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