GARY T. ERBE
Gary Erbe is self-taught painter was born in 1944 in Union City, New Jersey where he maintained his studio from 1972-2006.
Erbe has exhibited extensively since 1970 with solo exhibitions at Museums and galleries throughout America, Asia and Europe and is in the permanent collection of many institutions including The Phillips Collection, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; Terra Foundation for American Art, IL; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AK; Colby College Museum of Art, ME; Brandywine River Museum, PA; The Brinton Museum, WY; Montclair Art Museum, NJ; The Heckscher Museum of Art, NY; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; The Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Reading Public Museum, PA, amongst others.
Erbe’s work combines flat space forms that are exaggerated and enhanced by shadow, light and color. The result is pure three-dimensional illusion. While there are and will always be elements of Trompe l’oeil in his work, he has less of an interest in fooling the eye in favor of stimulating the mind. Erbe was honored with a 25 year traveling retrospective in 1995 and a 40-year traveling retrospective in 2010. The Butler Institute of American Art, OH has published a scholarly written 300 page hard cover book on Erbe’s art and life titled “Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe” in conjunction with a planned 50 year retrospective exhibition in 2017 which will travel. Currently, Erbe maintains his studio in Nutley, NJ. He continues to actively paint. To learn more about Erbe and his work, visit: www.garyerbe.com