acclaimed motion picture artist
Over the last 50 years, Jaroslav 'Jerry' Gebr enjoyed one of the longest exhibitions any one artist could have ever wished for.
Although many of us have subliminally admired his work over the last five decades, his name has remained unknown to most of you and to the fraternity of art dealers and galleries worldwide.
With a parade of amazing portraits, murals and visual effects for motion pictures and television, Jaroslav enticed our emotions and our hearts with an array of exquisite creations.
Jaroslav was a prodigy from a small village outside Prague, who in spite of the horrors of World War II was able to find his art at the Academy's of Prague, Munich and Florence. Little did he know, for the next fifty years of his life, he would create a most stunning body of work that has not since been matched by any one artist in Hollywood to this day.
Since his escape from communist occupied Czechoslovakia in 1949, Jaroslav Gebr's journey through numerous mediums and styles have evolved - from portraits and frescoes in Bogotá Columbia_ to portraits, murals and visual effects in such Hollywood productions as "The Sound Of Music," "Camelot," “Towering Inferno,” "Dune," "The Sting," "Scarface," television's "Night Gallery," "24" and countless others.
Gebr had an incredible gift to immerse himself within an unlimited range of artistic styles. Such as in the replication of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for MGM's "Shoes Of The Fisherman" and then transforming his artistic technique and aesthetic nuances within the same week to perform within the abstract / impressionistic fantasies via the mind of Rod Serling in his mesmerizing and haunting paintings for 'Night Gallery.'
No historical period or medium posed an obstacle for Gebr. From the western scene on the semi-truck-trailer in "Smokey and The Bandit" to a Baroque style portrait on a set for Alfred Hitchcock and all works delivered within a film production window of one to two weeks.
Jaroslav worked hard to satisfiy the insatiable thirst of the Film Studio's drive for commercial short cuts. But while doing so, he always stood his artistic ground displaying his classic 'Euro' craftsmanship in even the most simple of works for a network 'sit-com' or for a farcical feature film comedy as in Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood, Men In Tights." No job was to small or to big for Gebr, the love and attention to his work was constant.
This commitment to artistic excellence ensured his role as chief artist for such legendary filmmakers as Rod Serling, George Roy Hill, Vincent Minnelli, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and David Lynch and more.
During President Gerald Ford's administration, The U.S. Armed Forces commissioned two portraits by Gebr to be hung in the White House and Pentagon. Yet it was the Hollywood portrait commissions that have given him much of his notoriety since retiring from studio work: To name a few, Orson Wells, Lucille Ball, Steven Spielberg, Robert Culp, Rachel Welch, Barbara Streisand and John Candy.
Plans to exhibit Jarsoslav Gebr's works are currently under way for Munich and in
Los Angeles. A tribute to his life and art is being considered for a possible showing at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Please stay tuned for updates on these events.