John Gibson’s lyrical balls

John Gibson’s clearly defined spheres and the contemporary tones of his work have made him a popular inclusion for design magazines (see this Architectural Digest item, for example) Above: Howard, oil on linen 60 x 60 in.


The Massachusetts-based artist is fascinated with the concept of representing 3-D objects on a 2-D canvas, and explores this in his still-life paintings of balls. Above: Anniversary, oil on panel, 30 x 30 in.

gibson-3Perkins, oil on canvas, 54 x 52″

gibson-42nd Avenue and 4th Street, oil on panel 29 x 72 in

gibson6Williamsburg, oil on linen, 35 x 83 in

gibson-15 Staggered Dark & Light, oil on linen 59 x 97 in

gibson5Henshaw #3, watercolor on paper, 55 x 55 in

gibson-studio-shotJohn Gibson, studio shot

gibson-in-studioJohn Gibson in his studio:  “I’m always looking for this simultaneous rounding and flattening of form.”

John Gibson’s website, here.

Images are from Caldwell Snyder Gallery, here.


There are 16 comments

  1. anngrafics

    Some of these, if not all, are available commercially – the balls themselves, I mean. I sort of collect orbs (I got too make jokes aimed at me when I said I collected balls – I’ll never know why) and display them in bowls and I own one of those portrayed in painting 5. Had to share this on FB for those of my friends who know I have a “thing” for orbs and circles! 🙂


  2. oolung

    I seem to be in a whimsical mood, not unlike Ripley Trout, as I love the paintings… but the Lyrical Balls sounds so wonderfully wrong 😀 Could be a great rock band name! (Must be the one beer I’ve had today speaking…) Honestly though, the paintings are lovely, innocent and quirky, especially when taken as a series. Stimulating and relaxing (the colours and the composition) at the same time


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