Be in with a chance to win a scene of your choosing, painted by one of Manchester’s finest living artistic talents.
Joe Gellert is a former private practice architect living in Whitefield. Since his retirement, he has continued to pursue an interest in artistic representation developed throughout his distinguished architectural career.
Clients would regularly commission three-dimensional ink or watercolour rendered perspective drawings to help them visualise his architectural concepts. Subsequently, Joe has taken his love of architecture and continued to recreate the rich cityscapes that fascinate him.
Over the years, Joe has received commissions from a growing number of patrons to capture the buildings that hold great personal significance, and due to popular demand, has recently begun to paint portraits. The subjects of his paintings range from local townscapes to commissions of private houses, his work now proudly owned by collectors throughout Europe and the US.
Joe not only works from photographs, but has reconjured long-gone structures from the memories of clients, preserving them timelessly upon canvas: “Earlier this year, I completed a pen and ink interior perspective of an old clothing factory. There were no existing photos of the factory as the building has long since been demolished. I relied entirely upon the memory of the client, P.E. of Whitefield, the son of the long-deceased owner. He was delighted with the final result, which he intends to incorporate in a book that he is producing of his family history.”
Wandering the streets of Manchester for inspiration, he has sought, in his own unique style, to reflect the rich architecture of the great northern cities. Having painted key landmarks throughout Manchester and Newcastle, he has work displayed in The Lord Mayor’s Gallery in the Newcastle Civic Centre and has recently completed a full colour painting of the Great Northern Tower precinct in Manchester city centre. His work can often be seen exhibited in galleries across Manchester, his atmospheric landscapes most recently enjoying popular stints in Bury Art Gallery and Eccles Community Art Gallery.
Each painting takes between 200 and 250 hours to produce; Manchester’s famously inclement weather affording him the opportunity to concentrate on his artwork in the comfort of his home studio. Though the city is renowned for its rain, Joe feels compelled to imbue a “feel-good factor” to his paintings of blue skies and vibrant streetscapes.
Despite seeking to render his subject in the best possible light, Joe’s past life as an architect makes him reluctant to eschew visual realism, old habits ensuring the main subject is rendered accurately. He seeks to stay true to the architecture as its designer intended, breathing new life into weathered buildings. Reviving the original hues of aged masonry, he winds back the ravages of time to reproduce the structures his clients hold dear, in all their former architectural glory.
Here’s what Joe’s clients said…
Robert, South Manchester
We could not be more delighted with the wonderful painting you produced for us. The level of detail and likeness was amazing, and everything was captured perfectly. Many thanks for such a great job on painting our family home.
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What was Joe Gellert’s former occupation?
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