13th Annual ISAP International Open Exhibition


August 7 - September 5, 2010


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Gerald F. Brommer, Juror


Gerald F. Brommer, juror of the 13th Exhibition.



Juror's Statement


What an exciting show to jury!!! The acrylic artists represented here have explored most every facet of the painting world and have been wondrously successful. Their work runs the gamut from absolute realism to complete abstract expressionism, and explores landscapes, people, seascapes, animals, flowers, abstractions, non-objectivity, and personal Insights.


I thoroughly enjoyed studying them all, and it was a pleasure to react to each of them.


As in all juried shows, available display space limits the number of possible accepted entries. (Hence, the need to jury the work.) To those whose work did not make the cut — continue to work and learn from those whose work was accepted. And to those whose work is displayed on these walls — congratulations.


To the viewers of these works — enjoy the visual statements made by these many accomplished artists and fill your eyes and your souls with their expressions. They have spoken from their hearts and have told their stories in color — listen to them.


My very best wishes,


Gerald Brommer




The following material can be found at the website of California Watercolors.


Gerald Brommer (1927- ) Born: Berkeley, CA; Studied: Concordia Teachers College (Nebraska), University of Nebraska, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Southern California; Member: California Water Color Society, West Coast Watercolor Society. Gerald Brommer grew up in Northern California, then studied to be an educator in Nebraska where he earned a Master’s degree. After moving to Southern California, he received instruction in watercolor painting from Watson Cross, Noel Quinn, and Robert E. Wood. At the beginning of his career, he taught geography and painted whenever possible. Gradually, he phased out the geography classes to allow more time to paint and teach art.


Since the 1950s, he has produced watercolors on a regular basis. Many of his early works were very carefully planned and executed watercolors. On occasion, he added paper collage to give added textures. Recently he has been painting on location and works more spontaneously, responding directly to the subject he is viewing.

The subjects he has chosen to paint vary widely from California coast views to desert landscapes and European city scenes. Throughout his life, he has been interested in geology and rock formations that are often included in his work. He finds their varied textures and unique shapes particularly interesting as subject matter.


Brommer has also become an internationally recognized teacher of watercolor painting and is the author of eighteen art instruction books and numerous articles in art magazines. He served as president of both the California Water Color Society and West Coast Watercolor Society. Through the years he has actively exhibited watercolors, holding 110 one-man shows and having his works displayed in 204 group exhibitions. Since the 1960s, he has been in demand as an instructor of watercolor workshops and has traveled all over the world conducting these classes.


Biographical information:
Interview with Gerald Brommer, 1984.


Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2003 Hillcrest Press, Inc.



Paintings by Gerald Brommer


Morning Light, Mont St. Michel, by Gerald Brommer


Morning Light, Mont St. Michel


36 x 24 inches



Cannery Row, by Gerald Brommer


Cannery Row


30 x 22 inches

San Gimignano from the Balcony, by Gerald Brommer




48 x 36 inches




Memory of Tuscany, by Gerald Brommer


Memory of Tuscany


30 x 15 inches

In Monet's Garden, by Gerald Brommer


In Monet's Garden


15 x 11 inches




Morning Light, Sonoran Desert, by Gerald Brommer


Morning Light, Sonoran Desert


30 x 22 inches




Pacific Grove Glory, by Gerald Brommer


Pacific Grove Glory


22 x 15 inches




Hilltown Impression in Blue, by Gerald Brommer


Hilltown Impression in Blue


15 x 11 inches





Books and Videos


Gerald is the author of numerous books (at least nineteen), posters, and DVD/video productions (at least six). Rather than detail them here, we recommend that you see and read about them at various websites.


For example, you can visit the home of Crystal Productions, which features art education resource materials for K-12 and college education, as well as home schooling. Their offerings include a number of books and posters created by Gerald Brommer. Click here: http://www.crystalproductions.com/GBrommer.asp


For books, an excellent source is Amazon.com, where a search of Gerald's name yields many titles. Click here: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Cp_27%3AGerald%20Brommer&field-author=Gerald%20Brommer&page=1 If the link fails to work due to length, copy-and-paste it into your browser's address bar.


For instructional videos by Gerald, visit the Creative Catalyst Productions website. CCP is one the sponsors of this 13th Exhibition, and their focus is on art instructional video and DVD. There are six videos featured, including clips of the content. Click here: http://www.ccpvideos.com/page/CCP/CTGY/ARTGB


Finally, for more information about Gerald and his work, we can recommend the following websites (click the link) some of which include contact information:


New Masters Gallery

Ask Art, The Artist's Bluebook

California Watercolor




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