Monmouth Museum New Jersey Emerging Artists Series

Heather Lynn Gibson, Moments

July 13 – August 12, 2018


Opening Reception: July 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Gallery Talk: August 8, 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Reception and Gallery Talk are FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm; and Sun: 12:00 – 5:00pm,  Admission $8

Artist Statement:
I paint scenes of moments. The moment may be from a faraway place that I visited, like Paris, or the moment may be something ordinary that I didn’t expect to catch my attention like a pile of stuffed animals in the Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop. No matter where the locale of the scene, my goal is to convey what internally urged me to paint it, what I actually saw and within that moment conveyed on canvas, I want my art to tell a story.

I am a representational artist, with an impressionistic edge, who works with oil paints. I paint in the direct-method of wet on wet (alla prima), which keeps my final art looking fresh. Accurate drawing is my strong-suit and is foremost for all of my underlying structure. Once the drawing is correct, I have the freedom to apply my paint with expression. By choosing unique subject matter, an unexpected point-of-view, or bold placement of elements on my canvas, I add an inventive twist to each of my paintings. Bright, complimentary colors of my under-painting pop throughout the final artwork, which compete and vibrate with the colors of the top layers of paint creating excitement and the illusion of motion and/or a moment which is frozen in time. My brushwork is always purposeful. While mostly opaque, occasionally I skip along the surface to highlight the texture of the canvas while the ragged strokes I freely place near the boundaries of my artwork offer the viewer hints into my technique and process.

To me, if a painting doesn’t create intrigue — it’s a failure. Therefore, I strive to arouse curiosity and convey beauty not only in subject matter that is naturally considered appealing but also in those scenes or objects that some may consider mundane — in my opinion, that is when I have achieved true artistry.

Michael Short, Intentional Drift

August 17, 2018 – September 12, 2018


Opening Reception: August 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Reception and Gallery Talk are FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm,  Admission: $8

Most of my work is constructed from driftwood or aged wood which was once dimensional and man-made. I find that driftwood teaches a lesson which only nature can provide.
My work focuses on repetitive patterns and the juxtaposition of opposites. Conceptually, I like to play with contradictions: pretty and tattered, new and old, random and specific, grown and constructed. I enjoy the objects in-and-of-themselves and the history they convey. When working I’m mindful of the humility and the primitive quality of the pieces I’ve collected and try to celebrate those characteristics instead of polishing them.

I try to make art which speaks for itself. There is a lot that goes into its creation but I prefer to remain ambiguous about process and meaning. My aim is to create things that are engaging and familiar and yet compelling. I hope you enjoy the work.