gebr.art • press release • for immediate release
A series of tributes and exhibits are to be held this year for the late great Hollywood Portrait Artist and Muralist Jaroslav Gebr_
The pride of Pisek, Czech Republic.
Jaroslav Gebr’s works have come to you via Motion Pictures and Television for over the last 50 years, such as Jaws, The Sting, Sound Of Music, Camelot, Scarface, Night Gallery, Colombo and countless others.
His works have also become part of many ‘A’ list actors, directors and producers private collections, such as: Kim Novak, Lucille Ball, Roddy McDowell, Barbra Streisand, Joan Crawford, Rod Serling, Clint Eastwood, and countless others.
Tributes in 2017 are being planned for Jaroslav at the Art Directors Guild, Los Angeles and at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Beverly Hills and will be graced with the kindest attention and sponsorship by the Consulate for the Czech Republic, Los Angeles.
These exhibits will feature the actual works and ephemera from the Film and Television productions Jaroslav worked on, as well as works from his private ‘Fine Art’ creations during his early years in Europe and South America.
Stay tuned to this web link for future exhibits and tributes for Jaroslav Gebr
gebr.art • past press releases
Original painting from NIGHT GALLERY re-surfaces after 44 years and is purchased
by world renowned director • Guillermo Del Toro • for $31,000.00
Night Gallery – (NBC-TV, 1969)
'The Crucifixion' was painted by renowned Hollywood portrait artist and muralist Jaroslav Gebr. It was used in the pilot episode of the cult-classic television series Night Gallery, produced and hosted by the legendary Rod Serling.
There are only two other paintings from this ‘second-pilot story’ in existence. The first painting which is shown hanging in the gallery, is of a crucified man in agony. The second painting of the same crucified man after its transformation bears the face of actor Richard Kiley. The first painting is the work which Director Guillermo Del Toro has purchased for his infamous collection of historic Hollywood Art.
• Acrylic on Canvas, measures 5' x 7' framed.
THE ESCAPE ROUTE
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Barry Shear
Richard Kiley as Joseph Strobe
Sam Jaffe as Bleum
Norma Crane as Gretchen
George Murdock as the First Israeli Agent
The final episode of the pilot, The Escape Route, stars Richard Kiley as a Nazi war criminal hiding out in South America after WWII. He’s not only a hunted man, but is also haunted by his own nightmarish memories of what he did during the war. He seeks escape from his past in contemplating a painting in the local museum of a man in a boat, peacefully fishing, and has such an intense longing to change places with the man that he hallucinates the painted scene coming to life with himself in the boat.
Another regular visitor to the museum is a Holocaust survivor whom the Nazi recognizes from Auschwitz. He is focused on a different painting, that of a crucified man in agony amidst the barbed wire of a concentration camp. The survivor is not seeking escape, but transcendence of his pain by confronting the truth of what happened to him as expressed by this artist, who, he says, has “captured a nightmare” on canvas.
When the Nazi is exposed and chased by the police, he runs to the museum and kneels before the painting of the man in the boat, and begs God to be transported into it. A miracle occurs, but not the one he prayed for. Instead of the man in the boat, the Nazi is transformed into the man on the cross, frozen forever in a moment of supreme suffering as the fitting retribution for his crimes.