CHARLES G. KAPSNER "We the People... Are Getting Screwed" 16x20" $9,500.
Wondrously bereft of modern-day distractions, it was in the studio of Madame Nerina Simi in Florence, Italy, where Charles Gilbert Kapsner learned to develop his skills in the manner of the Renaissance masters. He is a contemporary painter whose roots are planted in the 15th Century.
For Kapsner, perfecting the drawing is critical before ever picking up a brush. His work relies on focused, distraction-free attentiveness, working primarily from life. Largely a studio painter with a tilt towards still life, he prefers painting in the “Vanitas” style, where the objects depicted symbolize the brevity and vanity of human existence. These are balanced with florals, portraits, figurative pieces, and dancers.
Through involvement in large public art projects, including 16 frescoes and a current commission, Kapsner works to ensure that both art and artist are accessible, and that the images serve as educational tools that blend artistic imagery and storytelling.
Kapsner has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe in solo and group exhibitions. His work has been featured in several publications and has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Career Achievement Award from the Florence Biennale, first place in the Salmagundi Club 2017 new member show, silver medal in the Oil Painters of America Salon 2016, and a finalist in the 2016 Portrait Society of America Still Life division. He is an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP); Portrait Society of America; and Oil Painters of America.
He is currently immersed in the Veterans Education Historic Monument (www.vetsart.org), a series of five 8’ X 10’ oil paintings at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Minnesota—depicting the men and women of each of the U.S military branches.
“The imagery I create, whether through portraiture, still lifes, florals or fresco, encourages the viewing audience to explore beyond their own immediate surroundings and invites them—through self-reflection—to more fully appreciate the beauty of the adornments of daily life while pondering the possibilities that lie ahead.”