Royal Nebeker: An Artist’s Journey

Royal Nebeker
June 6 – September 14, 2013
 
Follow Oregon-based artist and BYU alumnus Royal Nebeker through the life journeys represented in his vivid, dreamlike contemporary paintings.
 

ARTIST TALK

Thursday, September 12 | 4 p.m.
MOA Auditorium
 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


Royal Nebeker’s luminous artwork sweeps us along on the artist’s spiritual journey through vivid dreams, childhood memories, scenes from literature, and personal visions.
 

I intend the viewers of my
work not only to see a visual record of meaning in my life but to discover the reflection of meaning in
their own as in looking through a night window.
 
- Royal Nebeker

Sometimes mysterious and enigmatic, the paintings invite us to think more deeply about our own journeys, particularly our relationships with friends and spouses, parents and children. Although many works deal with serious issues of misunderstanding, longing, violence, and mortality, their messages are hopeful and life-affirming.

Nebeker uses broad brushstrokes, bold colors, strong compositions, and unexpected juxtapositions to give emotional intensity to the stories he depicts. The paintings are often supplemented with collaged posters, photographs, and handbills, as well as quotations from Kierkegaard, Ibsen, scripture, and popular songs.
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in San Francisco in 1945 and raised in several places in the West, Nebeker earned a BA and Master of Fine Arts degrees at BYU, studying with professors Alex Darais, J. Roman Andrus, and Bruce Smith. The influence of his Norwegian-immigrant mother and his LDS mission to Norway inspired him to pursue his education at Oslo’s prestigious National School of Arts and Crafts where he became familiar with the work of symbolist painter Edvard Munch. Nebeker soon began displaying and selling his paintings and etchings in leading galleries in Europe and America.

In 1974 he settled in Astoria, Oregon, where he taught for three decades at Clatsop Community College while continuing his prolific artistic career. Today he continues to paint in a studio in a historic fisherman’s warehouse standing on pilings a hundred yards into the Columbia River. Several paintings in this gallery are among his most recent works.