Mothers Worry When Vision Gets Blurry

mothersworrycurrent smMothers Worry When the Vision Gets Blurry by artist, Kris Gebhardt, is whimsical and carefree when compared to some of his earlier works. Straying from his usual gritty style, this 58” tall x 49” wide blend of charcoal, pencil, oil and acrylic paints was created in May 2016 as a Mother’s Day present for his wife, fellow artist, Angela. Rife with symbolism, it represents three generations of the artist’s family in a precise and clean manner, with a nod to the concept that motherhood is ever changing and never finished. Quite unintentionally, Gebhardt started with a blank reclaimed canvas when the heel and leg began to appear. As he moved throughout the space the rest of the form took shape. The left shoulder is carved, crude and unfinished — much like motherhood. Part of the painting is sketched and looks incomplete or fading just like part of a woman fades when she becomes a mother and then again as her children venture further on their own.

Gebhardt loads the canvas with a compelling backstory and significant hidden meanings. The balloons represent each of the couple’s four children in varying degrees of floating away — or being on their own. The form’s posture is reflecting a sense of pride in a job well done — as if saying, “Look what I’ve accomplished.” She has extra long arms for hugging more children and elongated legs for chasing after them.

 It’s the bird’s representation of previous generations that fully rounds out the painting’s symbolism. After two of their grandparents passed away the children saw cardinals and believe that the bird represents their departed family members.The background is gray because so much of parenting is muddled — neither black nor white; sometimes even choosing to become a mother is not an easy decision and causes feelings of angst. The clown suit is another reference to Gebhardt’s lead playing the fool. Going along to get along. Being the scapegoat and playing the fall guy.

The title is from the notion that children are distracting as they are growing up and then a woman needs to find her way again once they have left the nest. Mothers Worry really hones in on the importance of a mother and of learning from previous generations. Parenting is very cyclical and family always returns to help the next generation.

Mixed media on canvas 58″ by 49″

Untitled by Angela Gebhardt featured at SPECTRUM Indian Wells Art Show California

Spotlight Artist Angela Gebhardt

Meet the Artist sessions immerse the audience with the artists, giving them the opportunity to learn about each artist’s inspiration, story, and medium. In many cases, the artist also does a live demonstration, creating his/her next work of art.

The Spotlight Artist Program provides collectors a focused look at several cutting-edge artists who will each be creating a site-specific exhibition. The Spotlight Artists for Spectrum Indian Wells 2016 are Kris Gebhardt, Angela Gebhardt, and Maria Ana Davila.

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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