Art On Main presents the oil paintings of Sheffield, Massachusetts artist Ruth Kolbert beginning June 29 until August 29 with a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm.
Kolbert was born in Czechoslovakia and studied with Oscar Kokoschka in Salzburg, Austria who was deeply rooted in Expressionism and, in the US with abstract painters Nicolas Carone and Charles Cajori both known for their exploration of color as well as strong movement in painting. Though her unique individual style is anchored in portraiture, the influence of these artists is evident in the energy and strong presence of her subjects on the canvas.
After a long career in publishing and graphic design with such notable companies as Random House, Crown, and as Art Director at Scribner’s, Kolbert continued to paint but made the move to the Berkshires where she met other artists, musicians and writers. She chose to make these friends the subjects of her paintings inviting them to sit for her and has continued to do so for the last 23 years. Often these paintings are life-size or larger and reveal the relationship of her subjects to their environment which provides a wider context for deeper understanding of the people we are viewing.
The exhibit also includes portraits of Berkshire farm structures, a subject Kolbert has developed a close tie to as an active member of the Sheffield Land Trust. Barns as well as the surrounding land and its conservation, are vehicles for compositions that echo her desire to preserve the landscape in art and in life.