The Works of Charles Gilbert Kapsner

The Works of Charles Gilbert Kapsner

The Works of Charles Gilbert Kapsner

November 1 – December 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm

At Gallery St. Germain


About Charles Gilbert Kapsner

Classically trained at the private studio of Nerina Simi in Florence, Italy, Charles Gilbert Kapsner uses the compositional tools of the Renaissance to express himself as a painter.  For him, perfecting the drawing is critical before ever picking up a brush. Primarily 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. He works primarily from life, and his old-world style is laced with creative and modern twists: exotic florals, still lifes spiked with social commentary, and elegant dancers juxtaposed with modern backdrops. Beyond his studio, he has worked on several public commissions, including the art of true fresco. He is immersed in the fourth of five 8 X 10 ft. oil paintings for the Veterans Historic Education Monument at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. When completed these five painting illustrate the stories and history of the men and women of each of the five branches of the U.S military.

Kapsner exhibits in the United States and Europe, and he has received numerous awards and grants, including the Master Artist from Five Wings Arts Council and Career Achievement Award from the Florence Biennale.  Recent recognition for Kapsner’s paintings includes first place in the Salmagundi Club 2017 new member show, silver medalist in the Oil Painters of America Salon 2016, finalist in the 2016 Portrait Society of America Still Life division, and selection for placement this summer into the permanent collection of the United States Coast Guard. Kapsner is a contemporary painter whose roots are planted in the 15th Century.


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