Come spring, irises bloom first, almost escaping from the earth. I want the viewer to experience a sense of having escaped with the flowers another dreary winter. I created Escaping Iris with a painting knife using two different mark making techniques, which resulted in a textured surface. The flowers are done impasto style, in which undiluted paint is applied thickly onto the canvas so that it stands out from the surface. This decadent surface of different textures brings the painting to life.

- Wietzie Gerber

Escaping Iris
WIETZIE GERBER


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2017

36" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
12 lbs. 5 oz.

$2,950

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Artist
Wietzie Gerber
Lorgues, France

Getting to Know Wietzie

When Wietzie Gerber broke her femur in 2013 from a biking accident, she was in a wheelchair for three months. During this time she had difficulty using a paintbrush and began using a painting knife instead. Her accident presented her with a blessing that led Wietzie to develop her unique technique — a surface full of small stipples of paint from the knife. This decadent surface of texture brings her abstraction to life. In addition, the color, shapes, and the subtle allusions in her titles, lead you through the emotional subject of her work. Although the paintings have a quiet, melancholy feel, there is a sense of radiance in the way she captures light as it moves through her compositions. The work feels expansive, as if growing out beyond the confines of the canvas, creating space with the drama of its bold color, strong lines, and copious markings.