Born in 1921, the artist adopted his brush name as Anders Gisson, reflecting his early inclination towards French Impressionism. Gisson was awarded a prestigious scholarship to study painting at the Pratt institute where he graduated with honors. After the war, Gisson traveled extensively from Paris to Tokyo, always with a box of paints, finding endless inspiration from local scenery.
By the 1950s, Gisson fully matured into his personal style to produce his greatest body of work. With prolific ease, he painted his portraits, classical bathing nudes, and his celebrated urban views of Paris and New York. The painter openly acknowledged that his greatest influences came from studying works of the masters: Vermeer, Chardin, Renoir, Monet, and Morandi. Reminiscent of his military years in Asia, Gisson’s still life works demonstrate a keen understanding of the traditions of Sesshu and other Sumi-e style brushwork. “Flowers for me are a way of feeling certain effects of light by creating a means for expressing something very personal about the way I experience the natural world,” he once noted.
Close to home, Gisson was inspired by the salt marshes and estuaries of Greens Farms, the New England coastline, and Nantucket Island to create a deeply personal and appealing style. In his delicate balancing of color, light, and atmosphere—the classical tools of Impressionist painting– he achieved a trademark mood of tranquility and natural order. He skillfully created what he called a, “seamless unity that transcends the subject matter.”
Gisson’s work has appeared in leading international galleries in London, Paris, Tokyo, and in the United States in Dallas, Carmel, and New York City.