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John Gable is an original and incisive artist. His distinct sense of composition infuses his work with a quality of light and atmosphere that creates a mood beyond Realism. The viewer shares Gable’s intimacy with the subjects he paints as his work exhibits a rare combination of technical facility and emotional involvement.
Gable specializes in painting mural images and large canvases of America’s love affair with the automobile and its effect on our society. Some commissions include the commemorative painting for the Marlboro Racing Team and Philip Morris for an Indy 500 victory, an extensive 65 foot mural on the history of the automobile for The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, several historical murals for the Audi and Volkswagen corporations that have traveled internationally, and several works for the International Ferrari Club.
Prior to becoming an artist, John Gable was with General Motors Design Staff with his last years as a designer involved with the creation of Trans Am Firebirds in the late 1970’s. In addition to his reputation in the automotive design field, his commissions to create paintings for sailings celebrated Americas’ Cup crews have brought him international recognition.
John Gable has enjoyed numerous one-man shows in leading art galleries across the United States. His work may be found in many private and corporate collections here and in Europe.
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GM Design Work
From Car Styling
One of GM Design’s top stylists John Gable is currently assistant chief designer at Pontiac Studio. Side by side with Tom Semple whom we introduced in No. 23 of CAR STYLING, he was recommended for introduction in our magazine by Design Director Charles M. Jordan. That he justly merits being recommended is amply endorsed by the quality of his works which is reflected in GM Design’s inimitable expressive technique.
One outstanding feature of his works lies in the hard, sharp touch of the expressive luster he gives the car body panel while conferring a soft, moody atmosphere on the people and other illustrated elements in the background. The resulting contrast is arresting. He is a master in the well- controlled use of mutually repulsive complementary colors (brown and blue, for example).
The end result of his technique is unimaginably superior to any thing that can be produced with marks and color pencils on a colored illustration board. His composition scheme gives a solid and yet vivid imagery incorporating a harmoniously arranged distribution of light and shadow. Skillful value control and careful color planning are especially noteworthy.
Fine Art, Murals,Portraits, Watercolors
Series of Murals for D.C. Restaurant—The Age of Style Art Deco Era
Mural for D.C. Restaurant—The History of Duck Hunting on the Cheseapeake
The History of the Automobile—Automotive Hall of Fame, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan
The National Assoc. of Counties (NACo)—History of County Government in America
Burning Tree Golf Club—The History of Burning Tree, Bethesda, MD
Series of Historical Murals—Audi and Volkswagon Corporations
Mural for MBNA
The Topsham Library—Chutting the Androscoggin
Series of watercolors—Boston Classical Orchestra in Concert
Portrait of Senator William Hathaway, Capitol Rotunda, Augusta, Maine
Series of portrait sketches—The Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum, Washington, D.C.
Official commemorative painting of America’s Cup
- 1983—for Alan Bond, Australia
- 1987—for Dennis Conner, United States of America
- 1995—for Young America, United States of America
Portfolio of Watercolors—1987 12-Metre World Championships, Sardinia, Italy
Portrait of Gordon Ulmer—President, Bank of New England, Boston
Posthumous portrait of Michael Kennedy, Boston
Commemoration painting for 150th Anniversary—Oxford/ Cambridge Rowing Regatta
Commemorative painting of Princeton University Boat House, Princeton University
Commemoration pointing for Power Ten—Metropolitan Club, New York City
SELECTED ONE-PERSON SHOWS
- The Peyson-Weisburg Gallery, New York City
- Barridoff Galleries, Portland, Maine
- Francesca Anderson Gallery, Boston
- The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston
1962 The University of Kentucky
1963–1966 The Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, degree in Industrial Design
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The National Academy of Design, New York (Winner of the William A. Paton Prize, 161st Annual Exhibition}
The Forum Gallery, New York City
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
The Coe Kerr Gallery, New York City
The American Watercolor Society, New York City (Artist Magazine Award)