From May 14 to 21, 2022 Galerie Am Elisengarten shows paintings by Janet Brooks Gerloff.
From the estate of the German-American artist, we were able to chose an essence of mostly large paintings that haven't been exhibited in this number since the retrospective at the Museum Zinkhütter Hof/ Stolberg in 2013.
The approx. 35 works are - along with Janet Brooks Gerloff's whole estate - in the care of the Sozialwerk Aachener Christen and give a very representative overview of her oeuvre.
Born in Sterling, Kansas/USA in 1947, she studied at the University of Northern Colorado from 1967 to 1972 and graduated as an art teacher. During this time she received artistic impulses from Joe Hutchinson as well as Pawel Kontny (1923 - 2003). She moved to Erlangen/ Germany in 1972 and studied with Oskar Koller (1925-2004) until 1976. From 1985, Brooks Gerloff lived in Aachen where she died in 2008.
The painter and draftswoman, who was awarded the prize of the Rheinischer Kunstverein in 1990, found her themes largely in literature and music as well as biblical and mythological sources. In her artistic exploration of works such as Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" or Goethe's "Witches' Kitchen," however, she created not classic illustrations but independent interpretations. The focus was always on the human being. Thus she created - always working in front of the model - expressive portraits, among others of numerous personalities from politics and culture.
The people of Aachen are particularly familiar with Brooks Gerloff's works in public spaces, such as the altarpieces in the Benedictine Abbey of Kornelimünster and St. Laurentius in Laurensberg, as well as the stained glass windows of the Protestant Church in Kornelimünster.
The exhibition will open on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. with a hybrid vernissage on site at Galerie Am Elisengarten and via virtual tour.
Opening times during the exhibition:
Tuesday to friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vernissage: Friday, August 13, 2021 from 7:00 pm