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"Eric Gibberd obviously has a crush on nature. And nature, sensing his devotion, seems to return the compliment by turning to him her most expressive, dramatic face. This is the dominant impression of the one-man show at International House. Called 'The Face of Nature,' it embraces a vast range of wonders, from the grandeur of the Rockies to the quiet mists of autumn. . . Gibberd applies paint liberally in all his work, but in the mountain pictures he carries this to deliberate extremes. He generally succeeds because of his strongly disciplined special compositions — which in fact demand bold color to compliment them." —Barbara Haddad Eric Gibberd (1897-1972) began his life in London, England and eventually became part of the legendary Taos Art Colony and a member of the Taos Art Association. Gibberd's family had emigrated to western Canada from London for Eric's sake, when it was recommended that the boy's poor eyesight would benefit from "the wide open spaces of the western prairies." It was some time however before Gibberd would find his voice as an artist, at first pursuing a career in advertising, which brought him to the United States. Sometime after World War II, he married Pauline Bridge Seeberger, an artist who had trained in Boston, Paris, and Rome. Through her encouragement, Gibberd embarked on his own education in art, studying in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Salzburg, and in Taos with Emil Bisttram. His admiration for Paul Cezanne lead Gibberd to Aix en Provence for a concentrated study of Cezanne's paintings and his working environment. Gibberd and his wife moved to Taos in 1957. In 1960, Gibberd jointly established the Allied Artists of New Mexico, later known as Gallery A, with partners Mary Sanchez, and Mario Larrinaga, a set designer for Hollywood filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. Gibberd also enjoyed exhibiting internationally in Paris, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, as well as in California, Colorado, and Texas. His work is included in the Museum of New Mexico and the Pasadena Art Museum, among other important collections. Source

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