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Artist Studio: Gary Thomas Erbe "Gary"


Gary Thomas Erbe "Gary"
62 Enclosure
Nutley, NJ  07110
Phone: 9735620067
www.garyerbe.com


Born: 1944 (Union City, New Jersey)

Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Other, Trompe l'oeil

Style(s): Trompe l'Oeil, Realist, Contemporary, Levitational Realism

Medium(s): Oil

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Artist Biography:
Gary T. Erbe, a self taught painter in the medium of oil, was born in Union City, New Jersey in 1944 where he maintained his studio from 1972 to 2005. Erbe was employed as an engraver from 1965 to 1970 while developing his personal approach to Trompe L’Oeil painting. In 1969, he coined the term “Levitational Realism” which was a break away from traditional realism. In 1970, he made a decision which would profoundly change his life; he decided to pursue art full time. He has been painting professionally for over 40 years.

Erbe has exhibited extensively since 1970 with solo shows at The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, The Springfield Art Museum, MO, The Montclair Art Museum, NJ, The Boca Raton Museum, Fl., The New Jersey State Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, The Canton Art Institute, OH, The National Arts Club, NYC, The James A. Michener Art Museum, PA; The Woodmere Art Museum, PA; The Alexander Gallery, NYC , ACA Galleries, NYC, Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, Fl. and others.

A partial list of awards include The Julius Hallgarten Award at The National Academy of Design, 1975, Allied Artists of America Gold Medal, 1975, 1984, 1991, 2006, 2007 and 2010; Audubon Artists Gold Medal, 1998, The National Arts Club First Prize, 1997, The Butler Institute of America Art National Mid-Year First Place Award, 2002, Presidents Award , The Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists Silver Medal, 2002, The Butler Institute of American Art Lifetime Achievement Medal, 2003, The Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor, 2007, National Museum of Sport Gold Medal of Honor, 2010, amongst others.

Among the many group shows Erbe has participated in are “American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century” organized by Meridian International in Washington, D.C. that traveled for 2 years in the Far East. “Still Life from Rembrandt to the Millennium” at The Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, “68 Years/68 Masters” at the ACA Galleries, NYC, “True Colors: Meditation on the American Spirit” organized by Meridian International and traveling to NYC, Atlanta, GA and throughout Europe, Trompe L'Oeil Exhibition at The Ettinger Gallery, NYC, The Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin, The Albemarle Gallery, London, England, Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ,  The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK and Rittenhouse Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, The Brandywine River Museum, PA, amongst others.

Erbe is a member of Allied Artists of America and served as its President from 1994 to 2005, Honorary Member of The National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, Artists Fellowship, The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. Trompe l'Oeil Society of Artists and America China Oil Painting Artists League.

Erbe has organized and curated many exhibitions including Allied Artists of America Members Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art and traveling to ten museums throughout the America, The Salmagundi Club Collection traveling for 2 years to Museums in America, “Henry Gasser, Beyond City Limits”, traveling to 4 Museums, “The Pastel Society of America Invitational” to The Butler Institute of America Art, “The Martinos”, A Family Legacy”, traveling to The Butler Institute of America Art and The Woodmere Art Museum, Trompe L' Oeil Exhibition travelling for 2 years to 13 Museums,"Gabriela Dellosso: An Artist's Journey", "Paul Ching Bor: Watercolors"; "John R. Grabach: Century Man" traveling to 4 Museums, amongst others.

Erbe is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”, “Who’s Who in America”, Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of the United States Colonial to 2002”, “Who’s Who in the East” and “Who’s Who in the World”.

He is published in American Artist Magazine, July 1974 & December 2004, International Artists Magazine, Feb/March 2002, Best of Oil Painting by Rockport Publishing; American Art Collector, December 2005 amongst others.

Erbe’s work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world.

Erbe currently maintains his studio at 62 Enclosure, Nutley, NJ 07110. He can be reached at 973-562-0067.

Studied:
Self Taught

Books:
1998, Carter Ratcliff Gary T. Erbe, ACA Galleries, 40 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1995, Dr. Marlene Park 25 Year Retrospective, The Butler Institute of American Art, 76 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1988, Dr. Thomas Folk Trompe l'oeil Paintings, Montclair Art Museum, 40 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1985, David Shirey Trompe l'oeil Paintings, The Butler Institute, 40 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1982, Siri Hustvedt Trompe l'oeil Paintings, The Alexander Gallery, 40 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog


Museums:
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
The National Arts Club, New York, New York


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1975, The National Academy of Design, NYC, Julius Hallgarten Award
1975, Allied Artists of America 62nd Annual Gold Medal of Honor
1975, The Salmagundi Club, NYC, First Prize
1976, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, Solo Exhibition
1976, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, NJ, Solo Exhibition
1979, General Electric World Headquarters, CT, Solo Exhibition
1979, Bergen Museum, NJ, Solo Exhibition
1983, New Jersey State Museum, NJ, Solo Exhibition
1984, Allied Artists of America,NYC, 71st Annual Gold Medal of Honor
1985, The Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Solo Exhibition
1985, Sordoni Art Gallery, PA, Solo Exhibition
1988, The Montclair Art Museum, NJ, Solo Exhibition
1988, Canton Art Institute, OH, Solo Exhibition
1988, Westmoreland Museum of Art, PA, Solo Exhibition
1988, The Woodmere Art Museum, PA, Solo Exhibition
1991, Allied Artists of America, NYC, 78th Annual Gold Medal of Honor
1995, The Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Solo Exhibition
1995, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, Solo Exhibition
1995, The James A. Michener Art Museum, PA, Solo Exhibition
1995, The Boca Raton Museum of Art,FL, Solo Exhibition
1997, The National Arts Club, 99th Annual, NYC, First Prize
1998, Audubon Artists, NYC, 56th Annual, Gold Medal of Honor
1999, Springfield Art Museum, MO, Solo Exhibition
2000, The National Arts Club, NYC, Solo Exhibition
2002, The Butler Institute of American Art, OH, 66th Mid Year, First Prize
2002, Audubon Artists, NYC, 60th Annual, Silver Medal of Honor
2003, The Woodson Museum, WI, Trompe l'oeil Exhibition
2003, The Butler Institute of American Art,Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Art
2006, Allied Artists of America,NYC, 93rd Annual, Gold Medal of Honor
2007, The Salmagundi Club, NYC, Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor
2007, Allied Artists of America, NYC, 94th Annual Gold Medal of Honor
2008-09, Albuquergue Museum, NM, Solo Exhibition
2009, The Butler Institute of American Art, OH, Solo Exhibition
2009, The Salmagundi Club, NYC, Solo Exhibition
2009, The Boca Raton Museum of Art,FL, Solo Exhibition



Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
1970, Pace Gallery, Houston, TX, Solo Exhibition
1971, Veldman Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Solo Exhibition
1982, The Alexander Gallery, NYC, Solo Exhibition
1985, The Alexander Gallery, NYC, Solo Exhibition
1991, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Invitational
1997, Newark Museum, NJ Arts Annual, Invited
1998, ACA Gallery, NYC, Solo Exhibition
1999, Albuquerque Museum, NM, Invitational
1999, Meridian International Center, Washington DC,
2000, ACA Galleries, NYC, 68 Years/68 Masters
2002, Meridian International Center, Washington, DC,
2003, Albermarle Gallery, London, England, Invitational
2003, Harmon Meek Gallery, FL, Solo Exhibition
2003, The Ettinger Gallery, NYC, Trompe l'oeil Invitational
2004, Marin Price Gallery, MD, The Best of American Realism
2007, Vero Beach Museum of Art, FL, Trompe l'oeil Invitational
2008, Bakersfield Museum of Art, CA, Trompe l'oeil Invitational



Memberships:
Allied Artists of America, Inc, 1973, President Emeritus
The Salmagundi Club, Honorary Member
The National Arts Club,Honorary Member
Audubon Artists, Honorary Member
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Member
Artists Fellowship, Member
America China Oil Painting Artists League

Magazine and Newspaper References:
1974, American Artists Magazine, Levitational Realism, Feature Article by William Fiore
1976, New York Times, NJ Section by David Shirey
1982, Arts Magazine by Helen Louise Seggerman
1983, New York Times, NJ Section by David Shirey
1999, Art News by Stephen May
2000, Daily News by Mila Andre
2002, International Artist Magazine, Feature Article
2004, American Artists Magazine, Feature Article by Bonnie Iris
2007, Robb Report, Trompe l'oeil by Sheila Gibson Stoodley


Artist Statement:

The intergrating of Modern Principles into my work for me is very challenging and exciting. I believe I have found ways of circumventing the so called rules of Trompe l'oeil in favor of originality, inventiveness and creativity.

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