It is human nature to put put people in a box.
E. Gibbons takes that idea literally. The New Jersey artist, who
gleans inspiration from classical subject matter, has created more
than 120 black & white oil paintings of male and female figures
for his BOX SERIES. phd gallery will host a solo exhibition
of Gibbons' work and will hang over 40 of his near lifesize canvases.
Inspired by themes and images from classical painters like Michelangelo,
Ingres, and Classicist, Jacques-Louis David, Gibbons' boxes are
his environments, his still lifes and his visual voice. Some figures
confront while others recede, some welcome your gaze and others
outright reject you. The limited color, subject and space create
a powerfully focused and iconic image that expresses the artist's
prejudices, apprehensions, aspirations and ideals.
Dr. John P. Burke, Professor of Sociology at Harris Stowe State
University in St. Louis contends that the artist, "uses the
boxes to define his reality. They focus our attention on his images,
his values, his worldview. Each iconic representation within the
lines of the box expresses how he views the connection of people
and things meaningfully." (Read Professor Burke's essay on
the phd website.)