Landscape Painting

Landscape Painting

Soon after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Gibson shifted suddenly to painting landscapes. He noted “It is liberating. It lets your sprits soar at bit” and that “The quality of light is very amazing to me”. (Interviews 1985, 1988). These landscapes showcase atypical lighting, implied perspective and unexpected color contrasts - often vibrating with deep and complex emotions. As his physical skills declined, elaborately layered oils gave way to rich translucent pastels often with simplified pictorial elements emphasizing light, shadow and form. Powerful evocations of the natural world, they seemingly blur the distinction between landscape as memory, and landscape as experience.