Daniel F. Gerhartz

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Daniel F. Gerhartz

ARC Living Master TM

67 artworks

American 21st Century Realist painter

Born 1965

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Amaryllis

Oil

91.4 x 91.4 cms | 36 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

2005 Salon

  • First Place ($2,500) / Still Life
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Crescent Cradle

Oil on canvas

91.4 x 152.4 cms | 36 x 60 ins

Private collection, ,

2008 Salon

  • Chairman's Choice Awards ($400)
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Drift off to Dream

Oil

121.9 x 101.6 cms | 48 x 40 ins

Private collection, ,

2006 Salon

  • ARC Staff Awards ($100)
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Evensong

Oil

213.4 x 137.2 cms | 84 x 54 ins

Private collection, ,

2005 Salon

  • Honorable Mention / Figurative
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Frost on the Hardwoods

Oil

81.3 x 101.6 cms | 32 x 40 ins

Private collection, ,

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In Her Care

Oil on canvas

101.6 x 101.6 cms | 40 x 40 ins

Private collection, ,

2008 Salon

  • Finalist / Figurative
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La Bohème

Oil

121.9 x 76.2 cms | 48 x 30 ins

Private collection, ,

2005 Salon

  • Honorable Mention / Figurative
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Midsummer's Night

Oil on canvas

182.9 x 91.4 cms | 72 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

2008 Salon

  • Finalist / Figurative

Pastures

Oil on Canvas

50.8 x 61 cms | 20 x 24 ins

Private collection, ,

2009-2010 Salon

  • Finalist / Landscape
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Peony

Oil

182.9 x 91.4 cms | 72 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

2006 Salon

  • Finalist

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Daniel Gerhartz was born in Wisconsin in 1965 where he now lives with his wife Jennifer and their three young children. His interest in art piqued at an early age when a teenage friend suggested they spend one dreary afternoon drawing. It was at that moment that he discovered his lifework. Daniel began his art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied in the classical tradition and immersed himself in applications of technique and design. After a brief stint in commercial art, he began pursuing fine art; visiting museums to study master works and painting alongside contemporary artists. Daniel found his passion in painting from life. This direct approach to working with the figure and landscape allowed him to see and attempt to capture the infinite nuances of light, color, and form. This continues to drive his enthusiasm today. Since then he has been featured in solo and group shows across the country and has won several awards at prominent national invitational exhibitions and his work has been collected both nationally and internationally.

The artist’s skillful and technically adept work celebrates the created world, the human form, personal relationships with a connection to landscapes and environments of special importance. Many of his figures are dressed in dramatic clothing which he often invents for its aesthetic appeal and lyrical quality so as to achieve a sense of other worldliness.. His subjects evoke a timelessness and idealism, yet for the most part Dan has drawn upon his home and community, including family and friends, for subject matter. His sense of intimacy and honesty with regard to his subjects are a direct result of his closeness and proximity to them. A projection of tranquility, repose and rich introspection result from his knowledge of the content of his art.

In Gerhartz’ pictures the ordinary or commonplace is transformed into a higher reality and consequently a sense of greater importance. Emotions are a vital part of his express design, while his mastery of anatomy, the human form and complex surfaces combine to make his canvases very powerful visual experiences.

Daniel Gerhartz has established himself as an important American painter among the leading talents of our time. About his work Dan has said, " My goal is to effectively record the richness of our human experience, the contrasts between life and death, the dance and dirge, the beautiful and common, joy and sorrow, hope and despair, while in the end, offering a message of hope and pointing the viewer to the eternal." and " As I paint my subjects from life and have the privilege of studying the awe inspiring breadth and depth of the beauty of the created world, it is humbling to ponder the greatness of our Creator." Johann Sebastian Bach said it well as he signed his work, ‘Soli Deo Gloria,’ to God alone be the glory."

More information on Daniel’s art can be seen at www.danielgerhartz.com.