As far back as I can remember I would draw and paint. I would draw pictures of everything. I would use pencil, pen and ink, brushes, watercolor paints, pastels and anything I could get my hands on. You can call me an art-a-holic. I was always interested in art. There were no special areas of art - art was art.

Good art is good art. Bad art is bad art. And then, of course, there is non-art which may look good but does not function with emotion or feelings to make it believable.

I paint emotion. I paint movement. I paint feelings. I use color as color. I paint color to make me feel angry or loving. I use pastels today, tomorrow oils and the next day watercolor. Whatever suits my feelings for the picture I am creating.

Rarely do I know what the picture will be when I start. As life changes inside and out so does my art work. Painting to me is a way of life, if not life itself.

Artist, Victor Gerloven

Sometimes ideas pop out of my head and I work on these ideas. Sometimes the ideas are abstract; I suppose they may be surreal and sometimes they may be very real. I also work from predetermined constructions or ideas. This kind of work takes a different kind of planning with a more restrictive way of working. However, just to paint, whether it be restrictive or free flowing, color across a canvas or paper, draws me into another world in which I seek new roads and search for new dreams and ways to achieve my mind's pictures.

I have been an art teacher for more than fifty-five years. I received my BA, MA and Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration from Brooklyn College in New York. In addition to my career as a teacher in junior high school, senior high school and college, I have taught drawing and painting to adult education classes.

After retirement I continued teaching drawing and painting at the Long Beach Recreation Center on Oak Island, North Carolina, River Run Plantation, The Franklin Square Gallery, and other venues in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

For the past six years to the present time, I teach "Interpreting the Human Figure" which is a drawing and painting class incorporating all media and styles of painting as well as painting beyond the human figure including landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts.

Since my retirement my works have been shown at the following Galleries, as well as owned by numerous private collections including the Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem N.C.

Franklin Square Gallery
Southport, NC
Odell Williamson Auditorium
Bolivia, NC
Justine's Gallery
Southport, N.C
Sunset River Gallery
Calabash, NC
The Roasted Bean Beverage Company
Sunset Beach, NC
Madison Square Garden
New York
Waterway Art Association
Intercoastal Museum
Ocean Isle, NC
MJC LTD. Gallery
New York
The Calabash Gallery
Little River, S.C.
Brunswick Community College
Supply, NC
Washington Arts Council
Washington, NC
Fish Factory Restaurant
Oak Island, NC
Ocean Isle Medical
Ocean Isle, NC
Sand Dollar Restaurant
Ocean Isle, NC
Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear
Wilmington, NC
The Bay Ridge Arts Festival
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Junior High School 139
New York City
Art Faces Art Places Website

-- Victor Gerloven

Victor Gerloven

Art Teacher for more than fifty-five years
Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in New York
Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in New York
Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration from Brooklyn College in New York
License to Teach Physical Education from Department of Recreation in New York
License to Teach Art in Junior High School from Board of Education in New York
License to Teach Art in High School from Board of Education in New York
License for Superintendent of a High School District from Board of Education in New York
License as Principal of a High School from Board of Education in New York
Principal of Forest Hills High School Youth and Adult Center in Queens, New York
Professor at Brooklyn College in New York
Teacher-in-Charge Jr. High School 148, Brooklyn, New York
Teacher-in-Charge Jr. High School 33, Brooklyn, New York



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