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Gerard Erley

Artist Statement 

Although my paintings present the landscape, I do not paint nature in an attempt to duplicate what the eye sees. Rather, I explore landscape imagery for its expressive potential, its unique emotional language. I seek to discover the poetry in a solitary tree or a passing cloud and to communicate that poetry in paint.

Artist Bio

Gerard Erley Biography (b.1957, Springfield, IL) Gerard Erley has had over four dozen solo exhibits throughout the United States and has exhibited in over 300 juried shows. He has won over a hundred awards at the regional and national levels. The artist’s work has hung in museums and galleries from New York to California, and can be found in museum, corporate and private collections both in the United States and abroad. Erley is known for his imaginary landscapes in oil paint on canvas or panel. He rarely refers to photos or sketches, preferring to paint in the studio from memory and intuition. The artist is influenced by such 19th-century American and European painters as Inness, Corot, and Turner. Like them, he seeks a sublime quality of light in his romantic landscapes. Additionally, the artist has received recognition for his portraits, still lifes and figure work. He has taught at the college level and currently offers workshops for those wishing to improve their skills.

Fire from the “Elements Series”

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on linen panel

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Elegy for the Pandemic

Year: 2021

Medium: Oil on linen panel

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Air from the “Elements Series”

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on linen panel

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Water from the “Elements Series”

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Earth from the “Elements Series”

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

The Myth of Possession

Year: 2023

Medium: Oil on canvas

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II