was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 21, 1949. He attended college
and art school for four years then studied from 1971 to 1975 at Atelier
Lack where he was in the first cohesive group of students. From 1973
to 1988 he taught at Atelier Lack, first in the evenings then assisting
Richard Lack with the full time program.
Gjertson has gained a considerable reputation for his
elegant floral still lifes, which follow in the tradition of Fantin-Latour.
He also paints plein air landscapes that share an affinity to those
of the Russian artist, Ivan Shishkin. Most of his current work is figurative,
either intimate genre paintings of his family and friends or more complicated
works with biblical themes or symbolic treatments of contemporary issues.
He was an exceptional member of the American Portrait
Society and accepts occasional portrait commissions. His work combines
a subtle naturalism with superb drawing and balanced design. He has
won several awards, including three grants from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields
Memorial Foundation in Montreal, Canada and the Most Popular Visitor’s
Award from Sacred Arts VII at the Billy Graham
Art Center in Wheaton, IL.
Gjertson has organized and exhibited in over fifty exhibitions
featuring the work of contemporary realists and impressionists, including
exhibitions at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Amarillo Art
Center, The Springville Museum of Art, The Carnegie Art Museum and
The Maryhill Museum of Art. In 1995 he organized a major exhibition
entitled Beauty: A Rebirth of Relevance for the Newington-Cropsey
Foundation Gallery of Art in New York. This exhibition featured the
work of Richard Lack, Donald Koestner, Kirk Richards, and himself.
In 1997 he helped organize East Coast Ideals / West Coast Concepts,
a joint exhibition featuring works by artists in the American Society
of Classical Realism and the California Art Club.
Gjertson was a founding member of The American Society
of Classical Realism Guild of Artists and was an editorial advisor
of the Classical Realism Journal. Gjertson is the author of
many articles and essays in that and other magazines. His essay “The
Necessity of Excellence” was published in the book Realism
in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School. His work has appeared
on the cover of numerous books and periodicals including the October
1983 issue of American Artist magazine. His work recently appeared
in The Best of Flower Painting and The Best of Portrait Painting published
by North Light Books. He was featured in Painting Faces and Figures published
by Watson-Guptill and is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s
Who and Who’s Who in American Art. Timeless Treasure:
The Art of Stephen Gjertson was published in 1993 by The American
Society of Classical Realism.