I was fortunate to receive a commission for a 144 x 84 in. oil painting for the lobby of a JGB Smith property in Crystal City, VA. “Oceanus” was ten weeks in the making.
Eight of the paintings that were exhibited in my show Vast at Galatea Fine Art.
Sea Change I, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Step In, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Seeing Through, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Sea Change II, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Beguiling Blue, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Bleu Nuit, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
I Wanted Wings, 24 x 18 in., Oil on canvas
Ebb and Flow, 48 x 36 in., Oil on canvas
I gaze at the ocean, a mysterious and constantly changing reflection of its surroundings.
Light and motion create shifting patterns that imply a path to somewhere. My mind travels out to sea, lost in a water reverie.
Wild and tranquil, threatening and beautiful, the ocean is both intimately personal and infinitely universal.
Oh, to have that feeling of serenity from being on, in, or just near water.
I hear the waves as I paint.
My interest in seascapes reflects the 19th century romantic concept of finding solace in the beauty of nature, and current research that shows being around water provides a long list of benefits for our mind and body. The contemporary issue of human responsibility for the destruction of our oceans contrasts with our need for water. Sadly, we are killing the very element that gives us life.
On first glance the work may appear photographic, yet on closer look my oil paintings may reveal brushstrokes, unexpected color, and abstract detail of the water. These Ocean Field paintings have no horizon or reference to scale and lack human presence. The compositions could easily extend beyond the physical edge of the painting. An emotional narrative ̶ the vast ocean.
Sea Change, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in., 2017
Two of my oil paintings will be in the group exhibit Fresh Forward, at Galatea Fine Art, Boston. Come to SoWA – Boston’s leading arts destination – for First Fridays – over thirty gallery openings on one night on the same block!
Wish for Blue, 16″ x 16″, Oil on canvas
Galatea Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of “Fragmentary Blue”, a solo exhibit of oil paintings by Becky Kisabeth Gibbs. This exhibit of new paintings will open with a reception on Friday, November 4, from 6-8pm, and continue through November 27, 2016.
Water’s Edge, 24″ x24″, Oil on canvas
Galatea Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of “Ocean’s Edge”, a solo exhibit of oil paintings by Becky Kisabeth Gibbs. This exhibit of new paintings will open with a reception on Friday, September 5, from 6-8pm, and continue through September 28, 2014.
“Becky Kisabeth Gibbs is known for using the ocean as a vehicle for emotive conditions. In her upcoming exhibition, “Ocean’s Edge”, she continues her personal tradition of the translation of human experience into the natural states that are parallel to it. But there is also a transition into a more experiential interchange with the sea; the artist, through the exhaling of this very emotion, has come to an opening awareness, a more direct line of vision and partnership between herself and her subject matter. It’s as if she has attained a broader sense of clarity and is able to perceive the ocean as iconic beauty, to adore it directly in a
new sense of purity.”
– Marjorie Kaye
Director, Galatea Fine Art
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Open Studios started tonight with a great turnout. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday, 11-5pm.
Tomorrow, I’ll also be at the closing reception at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, where I won third place in the painting category. I am honored to be awarded on my first entry.