My mission is to capture and create beauty through visual representational art that focuses primarily on the portrait. I accept commissions in all media including marble, bronze, oil paint, and charcoal.
I work in a tradition that comes down to us from artists like Michelangelo, Bernini, St. Gaudens, Velazquez, and Sargent. I call this tradition painterly, or sculptural, naturalism.
My primary interest is to portray the subject in a way that allows the viewer to experience the presence of the subject. I call this the viewer-subject rapport. We can see this rapport in Raphael's Baldesare Castiglione or in Velazquez's portrait of Juan Pareja.
I hope that you can see this quality in my
charcoal of the little girl
or in my oil of Kerry Robinson. I aspire to achieve
this rapport in all of my work.
Gerald P. York
Gerald P. York graduated from Yale College.
His clients include Procter & Gamble and Becton,
Dickinson & Company. As the result of
a competition Mr. York was selected by the chairman
of Sotheby's to paint the official university portrait
of the president of Yale in 1995.
Mr. York has won numerous awards for his work.
Photo: Mr. York with two portraits in his studio.