A R Y A
K E R S
is one of America's foremost contemporary realist, painting in
watercolor, dry brush and egg tempera. Akers is considered to
be a master of light and shadow in his exciting compositions.
works are praised both for their beauty and for their richness
of detail, and that level of detail is all the more remarkable
considering the medium he works in.
specializes in landscapes painted in egg tempera, an egg-based
paint that must be painstakingly applied, with each work built
up of hundreds of layers. No other medium can match the beautiful
luminosity of the traditional Renaissance technique of egg tempera.
By the mid-1980s, Akers' egg tempera works were fetching commissions
of up to $50,000.
Akers is also pretty prolific: A coffee-table book "Kentucky:
Land of Beauty," published in 1999, gathers together more than
100 of his paintings of Kentucky rural scenes and landmarks, from
covered bridges to Churchill Downs. Akers second book "Memories of Maine"
was published in 2003.
Gary Akers in front of
The Green Schoolhouse Gallery
St George Penninsula, Maine
Gary Akers in his Kentucky studio
one of Akers images appeared on 60 MINUTES II, and his work
was featured on "Kentucky Life" -- KET's Emmy Award-winning
weekly TV series celebrating the fascinating people and places
of the Commonwealth. His paintings have been accepted by some
of the most highly acclaimed shows in the country including the
Speed Art Museum, the Ogunquit Museum, the National Academy of
Design, and the Artists of America Exhibition.
has received the Kentucky Watercolor Societys top award.
Akers is a member of both the American Watercolor Society and
the Kentucky Watercolor Society. He also received a Greenshields
Foundation grant from Montreal, Canada to further his egg tempera
his wife, Lynn, and their daughter, Ashley, he lives in Union,
Kentucky, where he spends winter months painting in his restored
19th century log cabin studio. Summers are spent in Maine, where
he paints the rugged coast. In 1995, they purchased the charming
Georges River Road School, also known as The Green Schoolhouse,
located two miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula.
Log Cabin Studio serves as a gallery and is the inspiration for
many of the artist's paintings. Akers has had an annual Maine
art exhibit since 1989 and continues this tradition in the Green
Schoolhouse, which serves as a studio, and gallery during the first weekend in August.
information pertaining to purchase original paintings, Giclee
prints, limited edition prints, Gary Akers: A Quiet Way of Life DVD, and commission work by Gary Akers,
P.O. Box 100
Union, Kentucky 41091
Akers is often commissioned to paint original egg tempera, drybrush
or watercolor paintings of specific subjects.
The price of a commission
is based on the size and chosen medium for the work. For more
information or a proposal, please contact Gary Akers.
Gary and daughter Ashley Akers