John Gibson

Biography

For over thirty years, John Gibson has focused exclusively on the shape of the ball, using it as a tool for exploring the space of painting. Often decorated with a minimal pattern to emphasize its illusory curvature in space, he uses his subject to comment on the elusive goal of depicting life in a way that captures and approximates, but never quite aligns with, three-dimensional reality. The tension between flat and dimensional space has always been central to painting; in a sense, the history of painting is the story of its engagement with this concept, from the invention of perspective to the breakthrough of cubism, which fused the two, to the flattening of the picture plane in modern abstract painting. Gibson’s patterned spheres allude to this history while at the same time retaining their integrity as basic objects—an interplay of opposing forces: flatness and roundness, lightness and darkness, simplicity and complexity.

Sue Miller, best-selling American novelist and owner of a Gibson painting, noted that “there’s an enormous tension, in this seemingly light-hearted painting, and the mind doesn’t tire of trying to work through it somehow, revising it endlessly, imaginatively, attempting to resolve the conundrum John has created—al the while relishing the close observation which that attempt demands.” The resulting paintings seem to contain a powerful kind of potential energy, the spheres on the verge of rolling out of the composition and into reality. At the same time, they’re silent and still, restrained by the materiality of paint, the flatness of canvas. With subtly rich colors and finely balanced compositions, Gibson’s paintings project intelligence, grace, and a hint of mystery.

Born 

1958 Northampton, MA.


Education

1982 Yale University, New Haven, CT., MFA.

1980 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI., BFA.


Teaching

1996-Present Drawing and Painting, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

1992-1998  Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2021 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2020 Online Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 Pieces, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 The Space In Between, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Ledges, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

          Artist Talk, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.

          Opposing Forces, Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro,VT.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Black, Gerald Peters Gallery, CA.

2009 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA .

2007 Muse Gallery, Jackson, WY.

2006 Gerald Peters Gallery (watercolors), New York, NY.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, Sante Fe, NM.

2005 Miller, Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

2004 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY.

2003 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2002 Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY.

2001 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

          Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte NC.

          Wendy Evans Fine Art, New York, NY.

2000 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

1999 Painting the Improbable, FMCC, Johnstown, NY.

1998 Wendy Evans Fine Art, New York, NY.

1997 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

1996 Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

          Rosen Gallery, Paris, France.

1995 Perspective Fine Art, New York, NY.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

1994 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

          Perspective Fine Art, New York, NY.

1990 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 1969 Gallery, NYC


2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

          Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

          Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

          Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton,NY.

2013 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

2011 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

          SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Fine Art Asia, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Hong Kong, China.


Selected Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. • Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, New Haven, CT. • Ackland Museum Chapel Hill, NC. • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. • Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Swaps

Swaps

Oil on Panel

13 x 12 inches

220206

Red Rum

Red Rum

Oil on Panel

15 x 14 inches

220205

Omaha

Omaha

Oil on Panel

15 x 15 inches

220204

Messenger

Messenger

Oil on Panel

15 x 15 inches

220203

Fairway

Fairway

Oil on Panel

16 x 15 inches

220202

Jackpot | SOLD

Jackpot | SOLD

Oil on Panel

49 x 96 inches

220160

Jellyroll | SOLD

Jellyroll | SOLD

Oil on Panel

72 x 67 inches

220159

Upstairs l SOLD

Upstairs l SOLD

Oil on Panel

20 x 20 inches

220158

Junket | SOLD

Junket | SOLD

Oil on Panel

24 x 96 inches

220157

Houserules

Houserules

Oil on Panel

69 x 48 inches

220156

Homestretch

Homestretch

Oil on Panel

21 x 98 inches

220155

Charleston

Charleston

Oil on Panel

26 x 110 inches

220153

Forward Streak l SOLD

Forward Streak l SOLD

Oil on Panel

64 x 59 inches

220152

Duncan | SOLD

Duncan | SOLD

Oil on Panel

63 x 67 inches

220151

Blackjack

Blackjack

Oil on Panel

23 x 94 inches

220150

Back to Back

Back to Back

Oil on Panel

50 x 92 inches

220149

Backspin

Backspin

Oil on Panel

58 x 63 inches

220148

Bar Box

Bar Box

Oil on Panel

33 x 28 inches

220147

Blinkers

Blinkers

Oil on Panel

20 x 18 inches

220146

Born 

1958 Northampton, MA.


Education

1982 Yale University, New Haven, CT., MFA.

1980 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI., BFA.


Teaching

1996-Present Drawing and Painting, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

1992-1998  Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2021 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2020 Online Exhibition, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 Pieces, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016 The Space In Between, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Ledges, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

          Artist Talk, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.

          Opposing Forces, Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro,VT.

2013 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Black, Gerald Peters Gallery, CA.

2009 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA .

2007 Muse Gallery, Jackson, WY.

2006 Gerald Peters Gallery (watercolors), New York, NY.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, Sante Fe, NM.

2005 Miller, Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

2004 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY.

2003 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2002 Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY.

2001 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

          Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte NC.

          Wendy Evans Fine Art, New York, NY.

2000 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

1999 Painting the Improbable, FMCC, Johnstown, NY.

1998 Wendy Evans Fine Art, New York, NY.

1997 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

1996 Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

          Rosen Gallery, Paris, France.

1995 Perspective Fine Art, New York, NY.

          Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

1994 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA.

          Perspective Fine Art, New York, NY.

1990 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 1969 Gallery, NYC


2019 Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

          Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

          Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

          Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton,NY.

2013 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

2011 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angelos, CA.

          SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Fine Art Asia, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Hong Kong, China.


Selected Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. • Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design, New Haven, CT. • Ackland Museum Chapel Hill, NC. • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. • Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.

For over thirty years, John Gibson has focused exclusively on the shape of the ball, using it as a tool for exploring the space of painting. Often decorated with a minimal pattern to emphasize its illusory curvature in space, he uses his subject to comment on the elusive goal of depicting life in a way that captures and approximates, but never quite aligns with, three-dimensional reality. The tension between flat and dimensional space has always been central to painting; in a sense, the history of painting is the story of its engagement with this concept, from the invention of perspective to the breakthrough of cubism, which fused the two, to the flattening of the picture plane in modern abstract painting. Gibson’s patterned spheres allude to this history while at the same time retaining their integrity as basic objects—an interplay of opposing forces: flatness and roundness, lightness and darkness, simplicity and complexity.

Sue Miller, best-selling American novelist and owner of a Gibson painting, noted that “there’s an enormous tension, in this seemingly light-hearted painting, and the mind doesn’t tire of trying to work through it somehow, revising it endlessly, imaginatively, attempting to resolve the conundrum John has created—al the while relishing the close observation which that attempt demands.” The resulting paintings seem to contain a powerful kind of potential energy, the spheres on the verge of rolling out of the composition and into reality. At the same time, they’re silent and still, restrained by the materiality of paint, the flatness of canvas. With subtly rich colors and finely balanced compositions, Gibson’s paintings project intelligence, grace, and a hint of mystery.

John Gibson
Biography

Press

John Gibson

Jackpot

May 7 - 31, 2022

Reception Saturday | May 7 | 3 - 5 pm

San Francisco

"These artworks provoke my appetite for perception; they make me see and feel more. My paintings are not about a story of balls or about any particular time or place or episode... They assert themselves in different, more formal way. In this respect my work is influenced as much by the minimalist movement of the 60’s and 70’s as it is by the history of still life painting. "

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Monday by appointment 

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