American surrealist artist Geoffrey Gersten will make a return meet-and-greet visit to Art encounter™, the exclusive and unique art gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Friday-Sunday April 4-6 from 3-6 p.m. each day.
If you have read “Juxtapoz,” “Nerdalicious” or other magazines that focus on contemporary art, then you’ve probably heard of Geoffrey Gersten.
Gersten is a self-taught surrealist artist based out of Tempe, Ariz. He started painting when he was 21 years old and paints his works using oil paints mixed with natural resin. His artwork is quirky featuring humanoid machines resembling images of robots from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
“Surrealism Meets Tech” is one way to describe Gersten’s paintings; “alternate retro-universe homages to Las Vegas and the classic robots” is another. Gertsen’s robots have a naive “mechanicality;” a real innocents like the toy and cartoon characters they resemble. They are people and essentially children.
It wasn’t until 2007 that he sat before a sheet of paper and began to arrange meaningful strokes upon it. “I became so hooked, like nothing I had ever experienced,” said Gersten. “This was it! This was really, really it.” And he knew from the start that he was going to be a surrealist.
“We’re been having well-known artists visit the gallery and are pleased to have Geoffrey Gersten making a return visit,” said Art encounter’s executive director Scott Ferguson. “The experience of meeting an artist and learning firsthand is inspiring and memorable.”
The new Art encounter gallery opened last November and it is the worldwide distributor for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Horse and Rider,” a bronze cast from a wax model from the hand of Leonardo himself. Art encounter has been serving Las Vegas since 1992 and until 2009 maintained the largest art gallery in Las Vegas. Their reentry into the retail fine art market is highlighted by high-end, museum quality art works from private art collections around the world.
For more information, visit http://www.artencounter.com/ or call 702-733-2000.