Anki Gelb, from Stockholm Sweden, moved to the US in 1984. She’s a contemporary artist working mainly with oil.
Her early interest in art manifested itself mainly through appreciation. She always had a yearning to create with paint, which finally found an outlet after she retired from the business world. She has taken art classes at College of Marin, regularly takes workshops to experiment with new techniques and new mediums. In the end she returns to oil, a medium with which she most resonates.
She has exhibited in numerous juried shows in the S.F. Bay Area and had her first solo show in Mill Valley, CA in October, 2016. Her art is found internationally in private collections.
She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area; Bend, Oregon and Stockholm, Sweden.
Gelb also has a MS in Nutrition Communication from Boston University. She started a healthcare advocacy company with her husband that’s now part of Stanford Health Care.
My paintings often reflect the light and colors from my native country, Sweden. The range varies from the spare light of winter when colors are very subtle to the intense, long daylight of summer when colors are saturated. Color and lines are very important in the expression of my art that’s frequently minimalistic, which is another Scandinavian influence. The subject matters repeatedly show nature and my love for the natural world. I find the painting process with oil absorbing, it’s constantly changing during the process and the outcome is sometimes surprisingly different from my initial idea. It keeps the painting process dynamic and intriguing. My paintings span the gamut from representational to more recently abstract.
Anki Gelb Unveils 'Objects & Nature' Paintings at MV Chamber, Oct. 4th, 2016, First Tuesday Artwalk. Anki Gelb has been interested in art since she was a young girl, but "mainly as an observer," she says. But after taking classes at the College of Marin – Gelb had moved from her birthplace of Stockholm, Sweden to the Bay Area in 1984 – her observation turned into action.
"I've always had a yearning to create with paint, which finally found an outlet," Gelb says. "Always keen to take workshops to experiment with new techniques, and new mediums, I always seems to return to oil, a medium I finds fascinating to work with."
Though Gelb has exhibited in numerous juried shows throughout the Bay Area, she's chosen to hold her first-ever solo show at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout October, with a wine reception on October 4 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk.
Gelb says her paintings reflect the light and colors from her native Sweden. "The range varies from the spare light of winter when colors are very subtle to the intense, long daylight of summer when colors are saturated," she adds. "Color and lines are very important in the expression of my art that’s often minimalistic. My subject matters reflect nature and my love for the natural world."
Gelb's oil paintings range from representational to abstract realism, but she's exploring landscapes abstraction, which is new to her, for her exhibit at the Mill Valley Chamber.
The 411: Anki Gelb exhibits her "Objects & Nature" paintings at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout October, with a wine reception on October 4 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk.