By Gerald Brommer
March 21 - April 18, 2018
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
John & Linda Friend Art Gallery, Grimm Hall
Concordia University Irvine
Gerald Brommer left his native Northern California for Nebraska to become an educator. After earning his master’s degree, he returned, but this time to Southern California where he furthered his studies in art at the Chouinard Art Institute, the Otis College of Art & Design, and at UCLA and USC. With an eye for watercolor painting, he received instruction from some of California’s notable watercolor painters such as Watson Cross, Noel Quinn, and Robert E. Wood. In the classroom, he taught geography, and painted on the side. Eventually, he traded teaching geography for teaching art.
Since the 1950s, he has produced watercolors on a regular basis. Many of his early works were carefully planned and executed watercolors. On occasion, he added paper collage to give added textures. Recently, he’s been painting on location and works more spontaneously, responding directly to the subject he is viewing.
The subjects he paints vary widely from California coast views, to desert landscapes and European city scenes. Throughout his life, he has been interested in geology and rock formations that are often included in his work. He finds their varied textures and unique shapes particularly interesting as subject matter.
Brommer has also become an internationally recognized teacher of watercolor painting, and is the author of 18 art instruction books and numerous articles in art magazines. He served as president of both the California Water Color Society and West Coast Watercolor Society. Through the years, he has actively exhibited watercolors, holding 110 one-man shows and having his works displayed in 204 group exhibitions. Since the 1960s, he has been in demand as an instructor of watercolor workshops and has traveled around the world to teach.