Wietzie Gerber
Lorgues, France

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.
Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Wild & Precious Life #2 acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Wild & Precious Life #2
36" x 24" , acrylic painting
$1,900

Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Wild & Precious Life #1 acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Wild & Precious Life #1
36" x 24" , acrylic painting
$1,900

Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Is It Spring Yet? acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Is It Spring Yet?
18" x 24" , acrylic painting
$900


Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Hiding in Plain Sight acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Hiding in Plain Sight
20" x 24" , acrylic painting
$1,000

Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Nostalgic For First Love acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Nostalgic For First Love
24" x 32" , acrylic painting
$1,850

Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Days of Sorrow and Joy acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Days of Sorrow and Joy
19.5" x 19.5" , acrylic painting
$1,050


Discover Original Art by Wietzie Gerber | Escaping Iris acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Escaping Iris
36" x 48" , acrylic painting
$2,950

A Long Slow Dance
48" x 48" , acrylic painting
$3,250

Tuscan Wedding
36" x 48" , acrylic painting
$2,550


A Whisper of the Heart
39.37" x 19.68" , acrylic painting
$1,900


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Wietzie Gerber 2/1/2018 | 2:34 AM

My Artist Life In France: Leaving Vancouver Seven years ago I convinced my husband to move to the south of France for a year. France is the country of our hearts, and we tried to visit it every year, but visiting started to not be enough. It was also during a particularly wet and horrible February in Vancouver, Canada, particularly for someone born in South Africa. Thus it did not take a lot of convincing for Hein to agree and we started planning our escape from corporate drudgery. We were not completely crazy, so first on our to-do list was trying to negotiated a sabbatical from our left brain jobs so that we could audition for the life of an artist and a writer. I loved to paint, big canvasses with oodles of bright acrylic colours, but the life of a lawyer only allowed for weekend painting. So I was super motivated to make this dream of ours come true. I franticly started emailing home owners on HomeAway to try and find a house to rent for a year. While a significant number responded, the prices were astronomical, mainly because they could all rent out their properties over the summer months by the week, for the amount that we wanted to pay for a monthly rental. Only one owner actually responded with an offer that we could afford. So, we rented a house called La Farigoulette, just outside Vidauban, a tiny working village in the Var department of Provence. It was a charming house as you can see below. We knew very little of the area, as Provence for us was mainly the Vaucluse, which Peter Mayle's in his book a "A Year in Provence" so aptly brought to life. Which brings me to his sad passing on the 18th of January 2018. I adored every one of his books and loved his attitude about life. I will miss him and his humorous writing style. While I can never be as entertaining as Peter Mayle, I hope you will enjoy reading about my artist life in France.