Ralph Gelbert - Photo of the artist - Photo Credits Amazon UK

Ralph Gelbert/ Ralph Gelbert

Germany 1969

Painting

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Ralph Gelbert
Ralph Gelbert
Male
Germany
1969
March 29, 2016
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Not many people are able to know themselves as well as they like to claim or think they do. Our own personalities and uncontrollable emotions remain a mystery that won’t be solved anytime soon. And the scariest thing is the fact there is no way to escape from such things. It’s impossible to run away from your fears, secrets, shame. Just like all of us, Ralph Gelbert has tackled such problems during his lifetime. But where we differ is in that fight or flight moment – where we chose to hide or deny, Ralph accepts and channels such feelings into paintings which provide a little peephole looking at the inside of his mind.

Ralph Gelbert – Irische Landschaft, 2016 (Left) --- Irische Landschaft, 2014 (Right)
Ralph Gelbert – Irische Landschaft, 2016 (Left) / Irische Landschaft, 2014 (Right)

The Life Of Ralph

Claiming Ralph’s art is that of the abstract type is not that different from trying to wield a double-edged sword. It’s true his art has a strong tone of abstraction, but that in itself would suggest that his paintings have some sort of reflection of reality, some form or at least a hint of notable structure. Gelbert’s work does not possess this. His paintings do not depict anything in particular, they have no understandable shapes. They don’t even have symbols – at least none our eyes are able to detect. Ralph’s work is non-representational, it does not pretend to be an image of reality but rather tries to build something from the ground up, subjected to nothing but its own rules. And there are not many laws to follow in the land of Gelbert’s canvases – if there even are any. This kind of art is always troublesome to interpret, but while there are no right answers, there also aren’t wrong ones. If you would insist on trying to connect Ralph’s art to some of the artistic movements that influenced the way he expresses himself, you could maybe mention Informell, or even Colour Field Painting if you were brave enough. But, as was said above, you would be simultaneously both right and wrong.

Trying to interpret art such as Ralph’s may prove difficult

Ralph Gelbert – Baumstuck, 2014 (Left) --- Rheinaue, 2016 (Right)
Ralph Gelbert – Baumstuck, 2014 (Left) / Rheinaue, 2016 (Right)

Gelbert’s Private Universe

Ralph paints in a way which doesn’t rely on known objects from our consciousnesses. He designed a new reality completely independent from the one we live in. This new-founded universe is dominated by colours, games they play and contrasts they make, it’s founded on geometrical structures of startling textures and surface designs that altogether build magnificent drama. And if you were to travel to the heart of this world, to the core of this unique universe, you would find the artist himself. You would see that what fuels this amazing mechanism are Ralph’s experiences and individual history, personal losses and triumphs. It’s driven by his emotions and they sort of represent an autobiography none of us are able to read clearly. It’s not that unlike a book with no letters or pages, if you can imagine such a thing. Gelbert literally transforms his inner life into paintings. They are eruptive and explosive, even aggressive from time to time. We can associate this with the theory of the artistic alter deus – in which all men are demigods that create their own limitless universes through painting.

Ralph’s work is like an unreadable autobiography

Ralph Gelbert – Savanne, 2015 (Left) --- Clifton Beach, 2016 (Right)
Ralph Gelbert – Savanne, 2015 (Left) / Clifton Beach, 2016 (Right)

Ralph’s Concept

Gelbert’s art is a fragile little thing. It gives away an impression of a whisper that mustn’t be spoken too loudly or it she’ll perish into oblivion. In a way, all of us have our personal universes in our minds, in our souls. Ralph has just been lucky enough to learn how to reach into his own and portray it. For him, it’s a wild, uncontrollable depiction. For some of us, it may be similar or completely different. How you interact with the most intimate, deepest parts of your mind is a little war all of us have to fight ourselves. Ultimately, it’s what defines us and matters most in our lives. Accept yourself and what you feel without prejudice.

The artist is represented by Galerie Neuheisel in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Ralph Gelbert lives and works in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Germany).

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Hemelwaarts-SkywardJan Royce Gallery, Kapstadt, Südafrikagroup
2015Art KarlsruheGalerie Angelo Falzone, Mannheim, Deutschlandgroup
2015UnknownThe Art Scouts Gallery, Berlin, Deutschlandgroup
2015UnknownGalerie Neuheisel, Saarbrücken, Deutschlandgroup
2014UnknownThe Art Scouts Gallery, Berlin, Deutschlandgroup
2014UnknownArt Gallery Wiesbaden, Deutschlandgroup
2014The world from aboveCustom House Gallerygroup
2013UnknownGalerie Indra, Passau, Deutschlandgroup
2013UnknownMuseum Kahnweiler, Rockenhausen, Deutschlandgroup
2012Columbia/Kaiserslautern: The international Mural ProjectIf Art Gallery, Columbiagroup
2012UnknownGalerie Neuheisel, Saarbrücken, Deutschlandgroup
2012UnknownSolomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, Irlandgroup
2012Art FairBattersea Park , London, Englandgroup
2011UnknownHicks Gallery, London, Englandgroup
2011UnknownArt Gallery Wiesbaden, Malerei und Zeichnung, Deutschlandgroup
2011UnknownCustom House Studios & Gallery, Westport, Irlandgroup
2010International Art SymposiumSan Miniatogroup
2010UnknownHicks Gallery, A Solo Show, London, Englandsolo
2010Berliner ListeFair for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Deutschlandgroup
2009UnknownGalerie Angelo Falzone, Mannheim, Deutschlandgroup
2009UnknownGalerie Angelo Falzone, Mannheim, Deutschlandgroup
2008UnknownIf Art Gallery, Columbiasolo
2008If ARTwalk: Salon I & IIIf Art Gallery, Columbiagroup
2008UnknownAmateras Annual Paper Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgariengroup
2008UnknownBourn Vincent Gallery, Irlandgroup
2007Kleinformat/Small Format: The Columbia - Kaiserslautern ExchangeIf Art Gallery, Columbiagroup
2007UnknownArt Gallery, Wiesbaden, Deutschlandgroup
2007UnknownIf Art Gallery, South Carolina, USAgroup
2005Art FairKöln, Deutschlandgroup
2004UnknownLaboratorio delle Arti, Piacenza, Italiengroup
2003UnknownMuseo Palazzo Farnese, Piacenza, Italiengroup