"Family, 1983", oil on panel, 12x18, 2015

"Family, 1983", oil on panel, 12x18, 2015

Bio

A Bay Area artist, Gage Opdenbrouw was born and raised in San Jose, California, and currently lives and works in Oakland.  He is a painter whose works bridge representation and abstraction.

He paints primarily in oil, and the vast majority of his works involve the figure or the landscape in one way or another. While Opdenbrouw’s paintings span many outward subjects, the true recurrent subject of his work is the richness and radiant beauty hidden away just behind the surface of the observed world, as well as the vastness our interior worlds, and the resonance between the two.

Opdenbrouw’s paintings have been widely collected, and exhibited across the country. He has shown his works at a many galleries in San Francisco, and around the Bay Area, including the John Natsoulas Gallery, (Davis CA), Abend Gallery, (Denver, CO), Charles Campbell Gallery, ArtZone 461 Gallery, the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Bryant Street Gallery, and Donna Seager Gallery.  He has also shown at Gescheidle in Chicago, and at MPG Contemporary in Boston, as well as in many juried shows nationwide. In 2009, in addition to two solo shows, his works were included in exhibtions at the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, and at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, as a part of a show of Dia de los Muertos related art. Opdenbrouw was an Artist-In Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in December of 2005.  In 2001, upon his graduation with a BFA (with honors),  he received an award as “Best Emerging Artist, Painting”, from the Academy of Art College, at the time the largest school of art & design in the nation.  In addition to his studio work, Opdenbrouw also teaches painting & drawing in a private capacity at his studio, and in a variety of local settings, working with both children and adults.

When he’s not painting or veneering fine furniture or cabinetry at Berkeley Mills, he can most often be found playing music, most recently with Flat Black, and The Mindless Things,  or hiking in the redwoods with his trusty Oakland Street Terrier, Hank.

Morning coffee with my trusted studio assistant and advisor, Hank

Morning coffee with my trusted studio assistant and advisor, Hank

 

Artist Statements

Garland of Hours

Using old family photos as a starting point, both my own, and those of strangers, my hope is that these paintings will be achingly rich and full, and about to disintegrate.  They are intended to be meditations on time, family, love, memory, place, light, shadow, memory, and forgetting, love and loss, and ultimately, mortality and the transitory.

Sing Out, Sing Out, Garland of Hours, oil on panel, 22x22, 2015

Sing Out, Sing Out, Garland of Hours, oil on panel, 22x22, 2015

General Statement

I consider my painting to be a form of meditation.  For me, painting is a way of drawing close to moments, and an attempt to pay homage to the fleeting beauty of everyday observations.  Regardless of the subject, whether a figure or a moment of light in an interior, the sweep of a sky above an industrial neighborhood, the goal is, as Joseph Campbell once put it, ‘to reveal the radiance that lies hidden just beneath the surface of every day.  Feeling is paramount to me, and intellect and verbiage , wall texts, quite unimportant.  I’m hoping to use a brush to create some poetry from mundane materials, and if the paintings resonate with the viewer in the eye, the heart, the gut, then I feel I’ve been successful in sharing some small aspect of my experience.

East Oakland Sky #4, oil on panel, 36x24, 2016

East Oakland Sky #4, oil on panel, 36x24, 2016

 

CV

Solo Exhibitions

"Into the Moment", solo show, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, October 2017

Garland of Hours”, Luna Rienne Gallery, San Francisco, September 2016

Recurring Dreams of Light Through the Trees”, Art Zone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, Sept. 2009

Windows”, Art Zone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, March 2009

Recent Paintings”, 50 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA, January 2008

Silence & Distance”, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, October/November 2007

Dia de los Muertos: Paintings”, Charles Campbell Gallery, September 2006

Small Fires in the Distance...”, MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA, March 2006

Small Fires in the Distance...”, new works, 66 Balmy Gallery, SF, November 2005

November”, 66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA, May 2005

Strangers” series, new works, MPG Contemporary, Boston, April 2005

Strangers” series, MPG Contemporary, Boston, March 2004

 

AWARDS & JURIED SHOWS

 

"Honoring the Legacy of David Park" at Santa Clara University Art Dept Gallery, April 2017

Texas National 2010, Juried by Judy Pfaff, Stephen F Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, TX, April 2010

23rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper, Juried by Peter Frank, McNeese State University, LA

Marin Society of Artists 2009 National Exhibition, Ross, CA, August 2009

Painting Large”, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, July 2009

75th Annual Crocker-Kingsley Biennial, January 2009, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Painting as Presence”, June 2008, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, juried by William Bailey

2nd Place Award, Painting, Affaire in the Garden, Beverly Hills, CA, May 2007

Expressions West 2006”, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, May -July 2006

Vermont Studio Center: Artist in Residence, December 2005

Best Emerging Artist, Drawing & Painting, AAC, 2001

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

 

"Sightings on Land", Mythos Gallery, Berkeley CA, October 2017

The Art of Painting in the 21st Century, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, March 2016

International Figurative Biennale, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, September 2016

15th Annual California Landscape Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, July 2016

Urban Life, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Sept 2016

Edge of Realism, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, June 2016

Landscape, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, June 2016

Safehouse Show #3, Safehouse Atelier, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

"Winter Group Show", Athen B Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2016

Safehouse Show #2, Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CA, 2014

Urban Aspect, (juried by Jeremy Mann), Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2013

POV:  Landscape Interpreted”, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, CA, 2012

Beyond Static”  Gage Opdenbrouw and Ryan M Reynolds, Art Zone 461 Gallery, SF, CA, June 2011

San Francisco Fine Art Fair, 2010

Art Zone 461 Gallery, May 2010

Bay Area Art Educators Invitational Exhibition”, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA, February 2010

Dia de los Muertos” Bakersfield Musuem of Art, Bakersfield CA, September 2009

Grand Opening Group Show & Benefit, ArtZone 461, San Francisco, CA, June 2008

New Artists 2008” Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, June 2008

Archives”, with Brett Amory, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL, May 2008

Red Dot Art Fair, New York, New York, March 2008

Painters of New York & California”, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, December 2007

Contemporary Works in the Plein Air Tradition”, Charles Campbell Gallery, May 2007

Swarm Gallery, Oakland, with Michael Cutlip & Mark Sasaki, December 2006

Facing West: “Portrait Show”, Tinhorn Public Works, San Francisco, August 2006

Introductions”, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, July 2005

San Francisco International Art Fair, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco: January 2005

375 Views” at Logan International Airport, Boston, MA, Fall 2005-January 2006

375 Views”, Mayor’s Office, Boston City Hall, Boston, Summer 2005

Coast to Coast”, with Dorothy Arnold, MPG Contemporary, Boston, July 2002

EDUCATION

BFA, Painting/Drawing, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA

President’s Honor List: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

PUBLICATIONS

Faesthetic Blog:  October 2009,

Mas Magazine:  September 2009, pages 17-18, “Cultural Creations”

SFExaminer.com, Museum Examiner Blog, “Dia de los Muertos at Bakersfield Museum of Art”, October 9, 2009

Studio Visit Magazine, April 2008

Feature interview at www.thevisualmovement.com,

December 2007 Lifescapes Magazine, November 2006, pgs 48-49, “Return of the Day of the Dead”

ArtSpeak, “What’s in a Face?” San Francisco Examiner, 2/13/2003

AWARDS & JURIED SHOWS

Texas National 2010, Juried by Judy Pfaff, Stephen F Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, TX, April 2010

23rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper, Juried by Peter Frank, McNeese State University, LA

Marin Society of Artists 2009 National Exhibition, Ross, CA, August 2009

“Painting Large”, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, July 2009

75th Annual Crocker-Kingsley Biennial, January 2009, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

“Painting as Presence”, June 2008, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, juried by William Bailey

2nd Place Award, Painting, Affaire in the Garden, Beverly Hills, CA, May 2007

“Expressions West 2006”, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, May -July 2006

Vermont Studio Center: Artist in Residence, December 2005

Best Emerging Artist, Drawing & Painting, AAC, 2001

TEACHING

Guest Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Painting Department, 2011

Guest Lecturer, Academy of Art University, Painting Department, 2011

Guest Lecturer, California College of Arts, Painting Department, 2010

Sharon Art Studio, San Francisco, “Plein Air Painting in Oil or Acrylic--Workshop”  October 2010

“Fundamentals of Figure Painting in Oil”,   15 week life painting foundation course, Spring 2010

Sharon Art Studio, San Francisco, “Drawing and Painting with Pastels”, 2009

Northern California Music and Culture Center: Painting Instructor, 2008

“Oil Painting Fundamentals”: a ten week course in oil painting, Spring 2008

“Painting 101”, Cellspace, San Francisco, Summer 2007

Private Instruction in drawing and painting: 2002-Present, ongoing--over 25 students, at all levels