Gage Opdenbrouw aims at painting "the exterior world in such a way as to evoke the mysterious richness & vastness of the interior world each of us carries within". Working especially with oil paints, this talented artist gets his inspiration from real life, but after studying and sketching his subjects he focuses on something not entirely visible. Because nothing seems to be what you thought, the second time you give it a glimpse.
The artist, who considers that painting is all about mystery, mixes different aesthetics (romanticism, expressionism, realism) and genres: landscape, figure painting and abstract art in a compelling way, paying homage to Francisco Goya and to American painter Andrew Wyeth. Yet he manages to create his own dark, estranged, melancholic style considered a “personal meditation on universal themes of life and death, love and loss, friendship and family”.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Gage Opdenbrouw works nowadays in San Francisco where he also teaches painting and drawing courses. In San Francisco he is represented by the Charles Campbell Gallery and he recently exhibited his works at Art Zone 461 (San Francisco), Bakersfield Art Museum and Tower Art Gallery (New York).