4 August 1945 |
Tunbridge Wells, England
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe (born 1945) is a British New Abstractionist painter, art critic, theorist, and educator. His work has been exhibited at the Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, NY; The Getty, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. He has two sons, Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe and Cedric Gilbert-Rolfe.
Gilbert-Rolfe's paintings concentrate on color and spacing, excluding recognizable figures entirely. In an interview with David Shapiro, Gilbert-Rolfe stated what attracted him to abstract painting was that "I am interested in complexity, and it seems to me that abstract painting is an art in which one can have complexity as opposed to invoking it." Since 2010, Gilbert-Rolfe has collaborated with artist Rebecca Norton on a project called Awkward x 2.
Gilbert-Rolfe has authored several books and essays, including Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime (Allworth Press, 2000) and Beyond Piety: Critical Essays on the Visual Arts 1986–1993 (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Gilbert-Rolfe has been honored by National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for his contributions to painting and criticism and was a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient (in painting). In 1998 he was presented the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism by the College Art Association.
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