John Emmett Gerrity – Bay Area Synchromist Painter:
A Survey of Oil and Watercolor Paintings from 1920 to 1950

March 5, 2005 – May 28, 2005

Public Reception: March 5, 2005, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts
9200 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 273-8838, fax (310) 273-8848
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(l.) Adam and Eve, 1920-28, oil on canvas, 66 x 46 inches.
(r.) Four Figures in Bayscape, ca. 1945, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches.

In our new “Back Room Gallery” we are proud to present a survey of the artwork of John Emmett Gerrity (1895 – 1980) from the 1920s to the 1950s.  

Gerrity was a San Francisco-based artist and the Bay Area’s foremost proponent of Synchromism, the color theory developed by Stanton Macdonald Wright and Morgan Russell while they studied in Paris between approximately 1909 and 1916.  Gerrity studied at the California School of Fine Arts, and also spent one year in Los Angeles (1922) visiting the Art Students League where Stanton Macdonald Wright was director.  The two maintained correspondence for many years thereafter.

In his near life-size Adam and Eve painted from 1920-1928, Gerrity has drawn on Stanton Macdonald Wright’s Synchromist color theory to create a sensual and dynamic image of the biblical characters. Gerrity’s work is bold, colorful and figurative.  In this survey we feature oils and watercolors by this talented artist. Gerrity, who was widely exhibited during his lifetime, is only now being rediscovered as a major force in California Modernism

The Gallery is located at 9200 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 200, in Beverly Hills, at the southwest corner of Palm Drive, between Beverly Drive and Doheny.

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