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Gerald Brommer

 (born 1927)
Gerald F. Brommer is active/lives in California.  Gerald Brommer is known for landscape-coastal painting, mural, sculptor.

Gerald Brommer

Biography from the Archives of askART

Gerald Brommer is a watercolor and acrylic painter, collagist, teacher, author and juror.  He has written 23 books for high school and college art classes, on a wide range of subjects.  He has also edited many high school and college texts and teacher resource books.  His books are published by Davis Publications Inc. of Worcester, Massachusetts, and by Watson-Guptill Publishers of New York City.

He has exhibited in many national competitive watercolor shows and has had over 160 one-man shows from Alaska to Florida, and from Bermuda to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Each year, he juries several national watercolor shows and regional exhibits.

After 26 years of teaching high school art, he continues his teaching activities by leading workshops in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and South America.  Some are location workshops working "en plein-air"*, while others are studio classes in design, watercolor or four different approaches to working with collage.  He is a Life Member and Past President of the National Watercolor Society*, and Honorary President of the National Association of Painters in Acrylics. His work has appeared in books as well as in American Artist, Southwest Art, and The Artist Magazine.

Brommer has completed filming 14 videos, of which 10 are produced for use in art education classes, and 4 for practicing artists.

He has exhibited in more than 200 group exhibitions including American Watercolor Society*, National Watercolor Society, Water USA Honor Society, Birmingham Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, National Academy of Design*, West Coast Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, The Royal Watercolor Society in London, Federation of Canadian Artists, Frye Museum of Art, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Watercolor Now, Watercolor Exhibition by Artists of Republic of China, United States and Australia in Taiwan and in many more shows.

The Esther Wells Collection
International Artist magazine, August 2002

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Biography from California Watercolor
Gerald Brommer (1927- )

Born: Berkeley, CA; Studied: Concordia Teachers College (Nebraska), University of Nebraska, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Southern California;

Member: California Water Color Society, West Coast Watercolor Society.

Gerald Brommer grew up in Northern California, then studied to be an educator in Nebraska where he earned a Master's degree.  After moving to Southern California, he received instruction in watercolor painting from Watson Cross, Noel Quinn and Robert E. Wood.  At the beginning of his career he taught geography and painted whenever possible.  Gradually, he phased out the geography classes to allow more time to paint and teach art.

Since the 1950s, he has produced watercolors on a regular basis.  Many of his early works were very carefully planned and executed watercolors.  On occasion, he added paper collage to give added textures.  Recently he has been painting on location and works more spontaneously, responding directly to the subject he is viewing.

The subjects he has chosen to paint vary widely from California coast views, to desert landscapes and European city scenes.  Throughout his life he has been interested in geology and rock formations that are often included in his work.  He finds their varied textures and unique shapes particularly interesting as subject matter.

Brommer has also become a recognized teacher of watercolor painting and is the author of eighteen art instruction books and numerous articles in art magazines.  He served as president of both the California Water Color Society and West Coast Watercolor Society.  Through the years he has actively exhibited watercolors, holding 110 one-man shows and having his works displayed in 204 group exhibitions.  Since the 1960s, he has been in demand as an instructor of watercolor workshops and has traveled all over the world conducting these classes.

Biographical information:
Interview with Gerald Brommer, 1984.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2003 Hillcrest Press, Inc.

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About  Gerald Brommer

Born:  1927 - Berkeley, California
Known for:  landscape-coastal painting, mural, sculptor

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