Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery Presents Jonas Gerard
Asheville, NC artist Jonas Gerard was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1941 of French and Brazilian ancestry. He migrated to New York City at age thirteen and has lived the life of an artist since the age of sixteen, when he began his early participation in art shows on the very streets of New York. Living in Greenwich Village in the '60's, Jonas was part of that era of personal and creative experimentation. Since then, he has been "blessed or cursed" with a need to express the constant non-stop flow of creative energy that has become the focus of his life.
This inner push to make art has taken him through a series of stylistic periods: figurative, narrative, representational, abstract, and three-dimensional. Although well know for his canvas works, the latter is reflected in his wall sculptures of bent wood, mixed-media assemblages and freestanding outdoor sculptures.
Being basically self-taught, he is continually searching for a more authentic and honest expression; he compares it to fine-tuning a new language so that communication exists without static, fuzz, or interference. Through the flow of forms, contours, colors and pattern in his constructions, he seeks to create a harmonious relationship between totally different elements. Consequently, an emotional atmosphere radiates from his work that draws the viewer into the piece. That wave of energy manifested by the artist through his work eludes adequate definition, but is there in the composition to be tapped into at any time.
It is no wonder that the brilliant use of color dominates Jonas Gerard's work...Interlaced with the masterful choreography of form and composition...is the absolute joy of child-like discovery! Throughout all of the work we find the rhythmic influence of the language of music as it is interpreted with the visual eloquence of multiple mediums.
Nationally known; Jonas Gerard displays his colorful, energetic and spontaneous paintings in his 5,000-square-foot gallery and studio in the heart of Asheville's River Arts District. Jonas' work can also be viewed at The Suzanne Connors Gallery of Fine Art in West Palm Beach, Fl.
Who's afraid of color? Certainly not Gerard, whose paintings evoke the sunset, the ocean and the meandering of tropical vines. The grace and cosmopolitan ease of Gerard's art lies in his witty linking together of disparate elements.
- William Zimmer, New York Times, NYC
About the Gallery: The Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery represents exceptional contemporary artists for both first time buyers and discerning collectors. SuzConnors Fine Art is a unique and intimate exhibition space in the heart of the Northwood Village historic district in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Suzanne Connors fine Arts Gallery features monthly solo exhibitions as well as selected group shows throughout the year.
The Gallery is located at 544 Northwood Road; further information on the gallery can be found on its website: http://www.suzanneconnorsfineart.com
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