Gabrielle Bakker arrived from Seattle to work with only a month to complete a work of art measuring 36 by 40 inches as part of the artist residency program at Lux Art Institute. She usually works extremely slowly, completing a painting only after many many revisions. She is painstaking in her attention to a realistic style which combines many genres of art. So she had to do many many studies to resolve issues of composition, color and light so that this work could be resolved in the time frame. once she arrived. If you visit Lux you will see all the working drawing that she brought with her as well as the progress on this new work
Bakker has used oil paint sometimes mixed it with egg tempera and has taught herself about gold leafing and framing. She recently has begun to cloth her figures in contemporary outfits but the art still has an old master feel. Her works is rich with symbolism and allusions to mythology and history.
Gabrielle Bakker is in studio until May 5 and her work on view until June 2.
Read more about Bakker in the La Jolla Light by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt