Bart Elsbach '83 Shows Work at OK Harris in New York

Bart Elsbach '83 will have a shows of his work at OK Harris in New York from December 1, 2007 through January 5, 2008. The artist will be present on December 1 form 3 -5 p.m. Elbach graduated in 1983 with a degree in creative writing. He continued his education at NYU where he earned his master of arts. At Hamilton Elbach played men's squash and tennis and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He currently lives in Sheffield, Mass. with his wife and two children.

Highlights from an article at http://www.berkshares.org/about/bart.htm
Sheffield-based Bart Elsbach is one of America's premiere landscape artists, greatly influenced by the works of 17th and 18th Dutch Masters as well as the Hudson River School. His work is set in locales throughout America and Europe, but more often depicts scenes from New England and has been described by some as a "celebration of the Berkshires."

Elsbach was born in 1961, raised in Manhattan and attended The Dalton School and the Art Students' League in New York City. He received his BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and a MFA at New York University. He has taught privately, and at the Berkshire School in Sheffield and the The Interlaken School of Art in Stockbridge.

"When I look at the world I try to understand how it is put together; how the little pieces I am seeing are connected to each other; how they are related to all the other, incalculable little pieces, creating an ever-larger reality, rippling out from the center to infinity," says Elsbach.

"'Whatever else we are,' we are creatures of contrast,'" he states. "…The way to create a sense of light in a painting is through darks." This perspective is conveyed through a balanced juxtaposition of dark and light, as well as positive and negative space.
Elsbach honors nature, and the southern Berkshires, which provide him with a great source of inspiration. "Only when we realize we are a part of Nature can Nature teach us to embrace the struggle," he says, "and, ultimately, elevate us beyond its reach."

The image of Elsbach's painting is from http://www.bartelsbach.com/pages/MontoneValley.html
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