The Box Series
combination of linear architecture and the soft figure inspired
The Box Series. It evolved as a result of my journey to Paris
and endless days spent at the Louvre. I was drawn to the exquisite
sculptures which were cleverly implanted in small niches throughout
the museum. It was through that stimulus, my love for classical
subjects: biblical, mythological and societal, and my own personal
history, that gave birth to The Box Series.
a distance, the work can seem photographic. However, one can appreciate
skilled brushwork that came from years of Asian studies in calligraphy,
brush-painting, origami and Aikido.
is my goal to one day present an installation of at least 100
figures in boxes within a museum space. These paintings are modules
with that goal in mind.
derived from classical themes found in the Bible and mythology,
The Box Series works are a shadow of my own introspection. I claim
them as my environment and visual voice. One figure confronts
while another recedes. One may welcome your gaze, while another
may flatly reject you. The limited color, subject and space create
powerfully focused and profound iconic images which are rooted
in and influenced by the classical works of Michelangelo, Ing
and Neo Classic artist, Jacques-Louis David.
painting the classical figure for years, this particular series
was inspired by a 2004 trip to Paris and long days spent at the
Louvre. The calligraphic brushwork is critically important to
the execution of the work, its expressive nature and underlying
compositional impact. The Box Series has become the anchor for
my message and the framework of my current work. It is the package
that separates my figures from the world at large and my art from
other modern painting masters.
we figuratively create boxes to put people in . . .
I create figures and put them in boxes." E. Gibbons
Gibbons is a fourth generation artist who began to draw before
he was able to speak. He attended the College of New Jersey, and
currently teaches art in a public high school. He studied fine
art in Japan at Kansai University of Osaka, where he was thoroughly
immersed in Asian painting techniques. Not only is he an accomplished
painter, but also a talented ceramist, photographer, published
Origami Master, blacksmith and inventor.
founded the Firehouse Gallery of Bordentown, New Jersey in 1994,
which has since become his private studio. He is represented by
galleries in the USA and western Europe. His work has been seen
in ArtNEWS Magazine, Blue+ Magazine, and Bruno Gmunder Press (Germany).
Some of the cities in which this prolific artist has been exhibited
include Paris, London, New York, Seattle, Osaka, Provincetown,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle and Alexandria, Egypt.
an avid world traveler, has visited and lived in many countries
including Japan, Korea, Egypt, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Israel
and Mexico. These experiences have shaped his artistic sensibilities
and the multicultural focus of his work.