Billy the Kid

About Jack Gerber

Jack Gerber's bold acrylic paintings feature thick-limbed figures, their faces almost cartoonish, engaged in everyday activities, such as walking through the park, encountering a guard dog, or spending the day at the beach. Each scene is suggestive of a larger, unknown story. Arranged in couples and groups, Gerber's characters are not isolated against stark backgrounds. Rather, their bodies overlap one another, arranged so as to create a continuous pattern. His work is reminiscent of Max Beckmann's, a German Expressionist artist whose dense, figurative canvases were similarly filled with implied narrative. In Gerber's Evening in the Park, a couple sits on a moonlit bench engaged in plaintive conversation, while another couple strides by unaware. The borders of one duo define the edges of the other, a pointed juxtaposition whose significance the viewer can only surmise.

American, b. 1927, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
ART FOR THE HOLIDAY, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor
2015
SKIN | DEEP, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor
2014
In Pursuit of Passion, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor