Painting? or Drawing?
Draw Your Own Conclusions

Philip Gerstein

Works on paper. Some call it drawing.



"Crossing the Rubicon", 17 x 13 in. (43 x 33 cm),
watercolor stick & watercolor on paper, 2020.


Works on paper. Some call it painting.



"Pie in the Sky", 18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm),
watercolor stick, chalk, pastel, watercolor on paper, 2020.


It's the autumn of 2020, and I am smack in the middle of a substantial series of watercolors on paper. What I call it is simply experimenting .


A year ago… the world seemed to be going to hell in a handbasket… . It was clearly time for something optimistic, perhaps even something hauntingly beautiful!



"Beyond", 20 x 15 in. (51 x 38 cm),
watercolor stick, pastel, watercolor on paper, 2020.


It had been a few years since the last time I worked on paper consistently. For some reason, this was the right time for it. And then this series ended just as suddenly as it began, early the following year -- with a delicate, color -determined composition that nearly dissolves into the air, but leaves its mark anyway… .



"The Joys and Terrors of Levitation", 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm),
watercolor stick, chalk, pastel, watercolor on paper, 2021.


I hope you enjoy them as much as I did seeing them emerge.

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Philip Gerstein | Scene4 Magazine | @David Lee Black-2019

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Philip Gerstein began exhibiting his work in the 1980's, while pursuing a PhD in Art History at Harvard University.  He studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japanese calligraphy with Toshu Ogawa. Gerstein exhibits in NYC, Provincetown MA, and extensively in the Boston area, as well as organizing and curating painting and photography shows. His work has been reviewed, reproduced and praised in many publications, including The Boston Globe, ArtScope Magazine, and Art New England. For his other work in Scene4, check the Archives

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