48” x 36”
Born in in Seoul, South Korea in 1948, Gantner started his appreciation of art at an early age. He continued to feed his artistic desires throughout his teenage and young adult life, arriving at a signature style from years of education.
A prolific impressionistic landscape painter, Paul Guy Gantner was determined to get into the minds of the masters like Poussin, Rubens, and Monet. He even returned to Giverny to repaint Monet's Japanese bridge and water lilies. Studying the intrinsic methodology of pure impressionistic painting, Gantner found a voice.
Floral Bloom is a pictorial rendition of his direct influence by this scholarly affection to art history. The bountiful fields of flowers are marked with various gestures; made in sweeping motions, dabbed with brushstroke intricacies, minimal applications, and swift raps of paint, each diversifying the ever-expanding countryside of knee-high floras.
Although repetitious, the movement through the turpentine turf is projected with enough fading color and contrasts, while accompanied by sufficiently blurred specks of perfumed petals that we seem to accept the artist’s rendition of pictorial space; not flat, but curved with pitches and rolling grounds that add sweeping movements, ones that guide our eye back to the misty horizon, marked by a smoky one-point perspective.
Angled tree lines on the right and left horizon line guarantee a spoon fed streamline to the murkiness that is centered above the field, laying groundwork for a philosophical moment of what lies beyond the fog-an unknown, a hypothetical what if, marked by the pure positive aesthetic of flowers luring us to the beyond.
© Gabriel Diego Delgado
Gantner in his studio in Korea