Jack Gerber's Dreamers Dreaming, 1985, presents elegant women, or perhaps a single subject in varied model-like poses. Three figures occupy the top of the print, interacting with their colorful surroundings. At the bottom of the composition, a larger figure lies in a recumbent pose beneath flowers in a decorated vase resting on a table, adding to the intricate layers illustrated. To the right of the vase, a dog sits in a seemingly protective posture, its head turned to look outside of the picture plane. The crosshatch styling employed within the print incorporates an organic, impressionistic quality to the figures depicted. Along with those themes, the vivid palette adds liveliness and movement, as well as a dream-like sensibility. Appearing in the top right corner, the title, Dreamers Dreaming, is colorfully presented along the border of the print.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
The art of Jack Gerber is nerve naked with the energy of human electricity and a never-ending music of the soul. Together they take shape in the imaginative compositions filled with pulsating color and monumentally scaled patterns. A series of rare Gothic dramas in visual form, they are arrived at with the fluid medium of watercolor or the multi-layered richness of oil pastels on paper and acrylics. Love, transition, wonderment, uncertainty and memory are all given opportunities to speak in these tableaus.
—Burton Wasserman, from https://rjdgallery.com/artist/jack-gerber/, accessed 6-18-2021
Painter and curator Jack Gerber was born in Philadelphia. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and The Art Students League, New York City. He served as president of the Philadelphia Wate...Read More ⟶