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DOYLE GERTJEJANSEN reception october 7th 6–9 pm

DOYLE GERTJEJANSEN Recent Paintings Working from an intuitive base, yet informed by years of experimentation as a painter, knowledge culled from widespread readings, and the immediacy of the unpredictable experiences that characterize post-Katrina New Orleans, Doyle Gertjejansen has produced a series of highly energized paintings that are imbued with gritty pictorial muscle and expressive of timely metaphors. Having long ago adopted the belief that there is essentially one pictorial language—which is inclusive of abstract and representational as well as familiar and unfamiliar imagery—Gertjejansen begins each painting with a simple, arbitrary configuration and then, additively, transforms it into something compelling and meaningful. In Gertjejansen’s hands, a serene appropriation of Mount Fuji becomes engulfed by the centrifugal motion of swirling brush gestures that hurl through space like fragments of ripped-apart earth ignited by an explosion. Similarly, disks of a color wheel struggle to be perceived from within a densely populated field of compacted undulating abstract organisms. Though never literal in a narrative sense, the paintings convey a metaphoric outcry about struggle for survival, bringing to mind not only the upheavals of a city mutated by the shock of Katrina, but of the multiple instabilities—political as well as environmental—that have thus far defined the initial decade of the twenty-first century. David S. Rubin The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art San Antonio Museum of Art Exhibition dates: October 5th – November 30th, 2006

Color Theory, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30", 2006 Front Cover: Domino Theory 10, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 84", 2006

Second Self, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60", 2006

Brushstrokes, Mountain, Table, Anchor, Navel, Pour, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48", 2006

Pandora, acrylic on canvas, 26" x 36", 2006

The Great Wave 2 acrylic on canvas, 36" x 30", 2006


Not Ones and Zeros 2, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 60" DOYLE GERTJEJANSEN © 2006 CATALOG © GALLERY BIENVENU


Doyle Gertjejansen | Recent Paintings  

October - November 2006

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