Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014 (state 49), oil on canvas, 60X122 inches
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Painting-05·10·2013, oil on canvas, 50X60 inches
Painting-09252012, 0il on canvas, 52X60 inches
Untitled-01·02·2014 (in process, state 8), oil on canvas, 60X72 inches
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About Carl Mehrbach
In 1973 Mehrbach began his formal art education at the Art Students’ League in New York City. His teacher was Bruce Dorfman. Within three months Mr. Dorfman had recommended Mehrbach to the artist Seymour Leichman. For four years Mehrbach was Mr. Leichman’s apprentice.
In 1977 Mehrbach decided to expand his art education: he wanted to work with Philip Guston. Guston's new approach to representative painting fascinated Mehrbach, full, as it was, with gushy paint and cartoon-like, bigger than life, figures. Guston was the instructor to the M.F.A. graduate students at Boston University. Mehrbach sent in his application. Guston personally selected him after seeing his slide portfolio. Mehrbach worked with Philip Guston for two years and received his MFA in June of 1979.
Mehrbach's artistic journey is a complex one (see Pictorial History). Mehrbach exhibited constantly, but just as constantly changed directions. For a while Mehrbach did large abstract paintings whose forms were three-dimensional. These led to wall sculptures. Then he turned back to representation. Recently his art is about human relationships. Even when his art represents only one person the interaction between viewer and represented persona is intense.
Formally, Mehrbach's art is acutely developed. Line, color, form, and composition sing together in harmony rarely found in contemporary art. It has distilled all that is best in the history of western art and taken a step forward, into today.
Mehrbach writes a daily art blog about his work in the studio. Go to... MehrBLOG.org