Time: March 1, 2013 at 5pm to March 2, 2013 at 4pm
Location: Palette Contemporary Art and Craft
Street: 7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
City/Town: Albuquerque, NM
Website or Map: http://www.palettecontemporar…
Event Type: art, opening, and, painting, demonstration
Organized By: Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
Latest Activity: Feb 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 5 - 8 p.m., artist will be present
Painting Demonstration in Gallery: Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
On view until April 5, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013 – This March, visitors to Palette Contemporary Art & Craft will have a chance to view the vibrant and intriguing acrylic creations of abstract artist Stefan Geissbühler. The show, entitled Groupies, will highlight a handful of paintings from his "mini" series; but what this body of work lacks in size, it makes up for in texture, liveliness and imagination. A selection of Geissbühler's larger paintings will also be on display.
A Switzerland native, Geissbühler moved to the United States in 1992 to pursue a career in art, and has now worked successfully as a full time artist for over 19 years. His key sources of inspiration include travel, nature and music. His work has been sold and featured in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe, and can be found in many national and international, private and corporate collections, including MetLife Insurance, AAM Recordings, the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (CMSSL), and Casino Kursaal Bern (Switzerland). Most recently, Geissbühler was commissioned by CMSSL to create two paintings for presentation as gifts to the internationally known conductor Leonard Slatkin, and Centene Corporation CEO, Michael F. Neidorff.
In terms of technique, Geissbühler regularly paints with spackling knifes and strives to generate "art that sings" through each layer of color. He begins with a loose outline of the subject, then, depending on the desired outcome, he applies thin, translucent layers of acrylic, or heavier, saturated layers of the impasto style. Occasionally, accent lines are scratched into the paint with a sharp metal tool for visual emphasis. Geissbühler handcrafts his own frames from lightweight ebony-stained oak panel. Each painting is attached with brushed-metal cylinders, which allow the painting to float above the panel and give the artwork a more modern, three-dimensional look.
Stefan Geissbühler's work never ceases to stimulate a spectrum of emotions and silently invites viewers to take a deeper, atypical look at the world, inside and out.
The Groupies opening reception will take place during March's "First Friday" event, beginning at 5 p.m. Geissbühler will also be in the gallery on Saturday, March 2 for a painting demonstration, and his work will continue to be featured at Palette for the Northeast Heights Arts Crawl on Friday, March 15.