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 Eric Waters Gibberd  (1897 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / France/Mexico      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, florals, woodcuts

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Biography from William R Talbot Fine Art:
“Eric Gibberd obviously has a crush on nature. And nature, sensing his devotion, seems to return the compliment by turning to him her most expressive, dramatic face. This is the dominant impression of the one-man show at International House. Called ‘The Face of Nature,’ it embraces a vast range of wonders, from the grandeur of the Rockies to the quiet mists of autumn. . . Gibberd applies paint liberally in all his work, but in the mountain pictures he carries this to deliberate extremes. He generally succeeds because of his strongly disciplined special compositions — which in fact demand bold color to compliment them.” —Barbara Haddad

Eric Gibberd (1897-1972) began his life in London, England and eventually became part of the legendary Taos Art Colony and a member of the Taos Art Association.  Gibberd’s family had emigrated to western Canada from London for Eric’s sake, when it was recommended that the boy’s poor eyesight would benefit from “the wide open spaces of the western prairies.”  It was some time however before Gibberd would find his voice as an artist, at first pursuing a career in advertising, which brought him to the United States.

Sometime after World War II, he married Pauline Bridge Seeberger, an artist who had trained in Boston, Paris, and Rome. Through her encouragement, Gibberd embarked on his own education in art, studying in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Salzburg, and in Taos with Emil Bisttram. His admiration for Paul Cezanne lead Gibberd to Aix en Provence for a concentrated study of Cezanne’s paintings and his working environment.

Gibberd and his wife moved to Taos in 1957.  In 1960, Gibberd jointly established the Allied Artists of New Mexico, later known as Gallery A, with partners Mary Sanchez, and Mario Larrinaga, a set designer for Hollywood filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.

Gibberd also enjoyed exhibiting internationally in Paris, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, as well as in California, Colorado, and Texas. His work is included in the Museum of New Mexico and the Pasadena Art Museum, among other important collections.

Ref: Lemon Saks, 'The Painting of Gibberd' (Denver: A. B. Hirschfeld Press, 1969)

Biography from American Eagle Fine Art:
Painter, teacher, lecturer, Eric Gibberd studied with Oscar Van Young and Ejnar Hansen in Los Angeles; Edel Noth in Salzburg; Ramon Rogent in Barcelona, Spain; and Emil Bisttram in Taos.  He studied intensely the works of the master French Impressionist, Paul Cezanne, and had been influenced the most by this one artist in his paintings.  He even spent time studying Cezanne's painting and techniques within Cezanne's studio in Aix en Provence on several occasions.

In 1960 he was one of the three founders of Gallery A on Kit Carson Road.

EXHIBITIONS
Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, 1951 (solo); Galerie Henri Trouche, Paris, 1952; El Ateneo, 1952; Kensington Gallery, London, 1952; SaIa Vayreda, Barcelona, 1953; Kunstzaal Van Lier, Amsterdam, 1953; Pasadena Art Mus., 1954; Mus. New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1956; Denver Art Mus., 1957; San Angelo, TX, 1958; Canon City, CO, 1958; Santa Fe, 1958. Award: prize, New Mexico Art League, 1957-58.

MEMBERSHIPS
Taos AA; New Mexico Art League; Art Club, London; Royal Art Club, Barcelona.

COLLECTIONS
Pasadena Art Museum; St. Paul's School, London; Wadham College, Oxford; Mus. New Mexico; Ateno Scientifico, Balearic Islands.

Sources include: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art". His sources are WHO'S WHO 1959; Peggy and Harold Samuels, "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West", 185.

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