A Bay Area artist, Gage Opdenbrouw was born and raised in San Jose, California, and has lived in San Francisco for 13 years.  He is a painter whose works negotiate the edge between representation and abstraction.  He aims to distill his images to a point where there is a powerful emotional resonance, while maintaining a deep sense of mystery. 

He paints primarily in oil, and the vast majority of his works involve the figure or the landscape in one way or another. Opdenbrouw’s paintings comprise several distinct, yet interrelated bodies of work.

His landscape paintings explore color and the vastness of space, and our resulting sense of insignificance and unity, as ways to evoke an emotional and spiritual response.

His figurative paintings are often images of friends and family, many recent paintings being based on old family photographs.   One recent body of work is a series of paintings, mostly of close friends, from photos taken during the Dia de los Muertos parade, and is a meditation on the themes of love and loss, life and death, and friends and family. 

His most recent solo show, “Windows”, at Art Zone 461 Gallery, consisted of a meditative set of interiors.  The core of the show is a set of repetitive views of his kitchen window, each highlighting the emotional effect of various kinds of lighting conditions.  The paintings are intended to explore ideas of impermanence, and the value of both beauty and the presence and stillness acquired through intense observation, as well as changing light.

Opdenbrouw’s next major exhibition, in September 2009, will be a solo show entitled “Recurring Dream of Light through the Trees”, at San Francsico’s ArtZone 461 Gallery.  This show will consist mainly of large scale paintings.

In addition to his studio work, he also teaches painting & drawing. In 2001, upon his graduation with a BFA, he received an award as “Best Emerging Artist, Painting”, from the Academy of Art College, at the time the largest school of art & design in the nation.  Opdenbrouw was an Artist-In Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in December of 2005.  He has shown his works at galleries around the Bay Area, including the Charles Campbell Gallery, ArtZone 461 Gallery, the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Bryant Street Gallery, Donna Seager Gallery, and at MPG Contemporary in Boston, as well as juried shows nationwide.

A number of his “Dia de los Muertos” paintings will be shown in the fall of 2009 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, as a part of a show of Dia de los Muertos related art.  Other artists in the exhibition include Laurie Lipton, Mark Vallen, and the Posada family.  His paintings have been widely collected and exhibited across the country. 


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Another Spring Day, 2009, oil on canvas, 34” x 22”

Untitled (dead couple), 2006, oil on canvas, 24” x 18"

Gage Opdenbrouw photographed in his studio


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