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JACK IRWIN LIBERMAN's philosophy of painting is to express the beauty and spirituality of nature and man through the sense and language of sight. The creative use of light is what he strives to use to unify the essence of the subjects he paints --- to try to capture and communicate his spiritual feelings and render a realistic and poetic moment in time.
b. 1939

The true artist does not copy like the one eye camera that lies and

distorts and flattens images. He tries to follow the most important

principle of subordination, to select and emphasize the sensitive

and important elements for the viewer to focus on, that hopefully

adds grace or soul and a feeling of spontaneous life.

He paints using many of the techniques of the old masters, just as in the 17th century, using mediums and amber and oil painting varnishes based on lost Flemish polymerized recipes that have recently been rediscovered. These are the same close recipes used by Rubens, Van Dyke, Rembrandt, and most painters of that time. These mediums allow for unsurpassed drawing in paint and speed of application. The luminosity of color and optical effects equal the quality of the old masters techniques, which he finds are far superior to present day commercial products. He also grinds his pigments for much of his portrait and studio work.

Liberman earned a BFA in painting from Kent State University where he was honored as “ best draftsman.” He went on to study for two years at the Art Students League of NY with Frank Mason , Everett Raymond Kinstler and Ivan Olinsky— all noted members of the National Academy. He also studied landscape painting in Vermont and Maine with Frank Mason for nine months.

He is a Life Member of the Art Students League, Signature Member of Akron Society of Artists, Member of Oil Painters of America, and The Portrait Society of America. He has been elected as a member of the Salgamundi and National Arts clubs. He is also a member of, and is represented online by, the Ohio Plein Air Society. In addition, he is a member of The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center where he has been an instructor of portrait and landscape painting for over thirty years. He also teaches workshops and enacts demonstrations.

Recent awards include: Two medals won at Cincinnati Viewpoint national shows; First Place, Second place, Honorable Mentions, and “Quick Draw” awards at Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) competitions; and Best of Show at the Akron Society of Artists 75th anniversary show. He also won Best of Show at the Canton Art Museum Regional Combination show, and an Honorable Mention at the Grand Exhibition National Show.

His paintings have been accepted in the Butler Museum’s National and Regional shows. He has also been accepted in group shows: Art for the Parks, Kent state University; the Akron Art Museum, Rief (State Capital) Gallery; and multiple times in the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club and Springfield Museum of Art.

Brush Hill Farm Stowe

Brush Hill Farm Stowe

10x16, Oil

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