Visiting Artist Workshop: Painting the Ephemeral / Finding Presence
Instructor: Visiting Artist Gage Opdenbrouw
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 8-10, 10am-5pm
Free Public Lecture: Painting the Ephemeral / Finding Presence, Friday, November 8th at 7pm
These three days will merge themes from two of Opdenbrouw’s sought after studio based workshops.
Beginning Day 1
With both dry and fluid drawing materials, students will explore the effects of
changing natural light on interior space and the human figure within that space. Quick drawing and gesture will be employed to tune in to the model's presence and warm up the hand and eye. An intuitive, felt response will be the goal here, as well as sharpening our observational muscles. Speed will keep us from getting bogged down in too much descriptive and literal detail...
A series of ink wash drawings done in the afternoon will help us slow down and focus on deliberation, attention to large shape, simplicity and clarity, edges, and to the moment itself: the light, the model, the artist... These drawings will be guides to the sort of focus and application of memory we will apply to our more developed paintings the following two days.
Days 2 and 3
During those two days, the class will work to reveal the figure embedded in the space through its quality of natural light. Again we will begin with quicker work to warm up and tune in for a couple hours, this time in any media the artists prefer, including paint, before settling on one long pose for 4 hours for the rest of the day. Emphasis will be on light, color, simplification, editing and re-stating to create images that go beyond literal depiction and description, into evocative territory. We will look at the work of painters both historical and contemporary to see the variety of ways to achieve such a painting. This class is best suited for experienced painters, especially those with a solid grasp of the basics of figure drawing and painting.
To learn more about Gage, visit: gageopdenbrouw.com
Gage Opdenbrouw is a painter whose works bridge representation and abstraction. He aims to distill his imagery to a point of powerful emotional resonance while maintaining a deep sense of mystery, allowing the viewer's experience to be an important part of completing the picture. While his works span many outward subjects, the recurrent subject is the richness and radiant beauty hidden beneath the surface of the observed world, the vastness of the interior worlds, and the resonance between the two. Opdenbrouw was born and raised in San Jose CA, earned an arts degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and is currently based in Oakland.
I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I once read an artist's bio where the artist recounted being pulled aside in school and told, "I know what's wrong with you, you're an artist'. No one ever did that for me but I figured it out, eventually. I was a smart and sensitive kid who read too much and didn't fit in well from the very beginning, and before long i didn't want to anyway. Art, music, and literature showed me I was not alone in my experiences, and seemed to engage with life on a deeper level. Hiking, camping, and the natural world have always been a great source of peace as well. But i fell in love with painting in particular, and discovered a lifelong passion. Now I'm a 42 year old painter who lives in Oakland, with 20 years of painting under my belt, I've won awards and shown at galleries and museums nationally. I also teach drawing and painting, and play bass, most recently with garage rock outfit The Mindless Things and punk/metal band Flat Black. I'm also the proud 'dog dad' of a terrier/beagle mix named Hank, who serves as a hiking companion, trusted confidant and sidekick, and a studio advisor who gives me honest advice when a painting is tanking.
- Gage Opdenbrouw, Painter of Light from the short film Garland of Hours by Colin Frangos
- Art & Life with Gage Opdenbrouw, VoyageLA
- Gage Opdenbrow, Emotional Ambiguity, Waiting To Dry Art Podcast
Images: Courtesy of the artist.
This class is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.