ANGELA GEBHARDT

Kris and Angela Gebhardt are a powerhouse couple, there’s no question. But the two individuals who make up Gebhardt Gallery are also incredible artists in their own right. Comprising large-format contemporary works, Kris and Angela’s collective body of work “is not for everyone,” Kris admitted in a profile by Saatchi Art. “Most pieces feature strength and beauty, but it’s not sugar-coated; it’s knocked around a bit just like life. We paint a lot of reality on our canvases. Even in its roughest form, you can still see the integration of strength and beauty.” A published author, expert fitness coach, and mixed-media artist, Kris Gebhardt began his artistic journey after suffering a sports injury and touring with John Mellencamp as the rock star’s personal trainer in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since that time, his gritty pieces of artwork—whether erotically charged black-and-white photographs of his wife Angela or haunting mixed-media depictions of the human body, sometimes accompanied by minimal but poignant text—have been sold and published around the world. His art pieces are candid depictions of the human condition, revealing pain, heartache, and the search for strength.

Angela Gebhardt began painting in her youth but, in time, traded in her paintbrush for business ownership. However, when her passion for art became too great to neglect, Angela sold her successful Indianapolis hair design business and product line and heeded the call. Her next career move was an unanticipated one—becoming Kris Gebhardt’s muse and seeing her physical form, interpreted by her husband’s deft photographic touch, capture the spotlight in international exhibitions. Eventually Angela began painting too, crafting large-scale abstract contemporary pieces as well as figure paintings with bold and surreal messages woven into the composition. Her richly varied life experiences and reverence for the ocean inform much of her work. Kris and Angela Gebhardt’s works, though different in style, are complementary and have received acclaim when shown together at art shows in New York, California and Miami.

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Angela & Kris Gebhardt are an artistic powerhouse couple to watch. Having traveled the country and worked in all sorts of business ventures, the pair now spend most of their days at their farmhouse in rural Indiana, filling large canvases evocative of the grandeur of the blank landscape in front them with their aesthetic visions. Angela’s pieces combine elements of the urban with the natural; they are muted and understated, but almost always playing with the theme of love, often incorporating messages to an unseen but very present lover as a textual element into the piece. Plaster, scratches, the use of enamel and dripping to show the beauty that forms in the industrial, harkening back to her roots in the Midwest. She paints a heart, combining this feminine theme with color and texture of netting that plays with duality; the masculine and the feminine, the natural and the machinistic, the city and the country. As such, Angela Gebhardt’s art works present visually stunning aesthetic commentary on the contemporary. Angela’s pattern work is magnetizing the viewer, providing a strong centerpiece for any space. 

Where Angela’s work relies on intricate yet simple multilayered patterns and gestures that play with the emotions, her husband Kris’s work is more muted and obviously figurative, painting dynamic lines that grasp the viewers’ attention. Despite the low contrast and muted tones that typify Kris’ invocation of color, his lines are strong and gestural. He uses plaster and other textural elements to add another layer of dynamism to his works which becomes large scale explorations of shadow and line.  

ARTWORK

10.2

Mixed Media on Canvas 76″ x 44″

7

Mixed Media on Canvas 83″ x 77″

ABC123

Mixed Media on Canvas 94″ x 65″

Ascend

Mixed Media on Canvas 66″ x 97″

Circles

Mixed Media on Canvas 64″ x 96″

Flow

Mixed Media on Canvas 72″ x 80″

It’s You

Mixed Media on Panel 48″ x 96″ (diptych)

Untitled

Mixed Media on Panel 66″ x 73″ SOLD

Wellspring

Mixed Media on Canvas 74″ x 85.75″
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