Chuck Gibbon has been fortunate to have had interesting experiences in both the technical world and the art world. He worked at Bell Telephone Labs in the 1960s and 70s and was transferred to Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque in 1978 when AT&T managed both institutions. He has had an enthusiasm for drawing and painting since he was young and was sent to art classes at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City. When he retired in 1997 he returned to school as a non-degree student in fine arts at UNM. He is interested in a broad range of artistic expression from classical to contemporary. His own work is mostly streetscapes and buildings, although he also does some abstract and semi abstract work often with space themes.
As painter he has been featured as “An Artist to Watch” in ABQ Arts magazine. A lithograph of his, done in a collaborative class at UNM’s Tamarind Institute, was included in the 2002 Montreal Miniature Print Biennial. His painting East Central was selected for the 2003 Magnifico Albuquerque Contemporary Art Show at the Albuquerque Museum. In 2005 one of his works, The Palace, was included by request of the organizers in an architecture exhibition at the UNM Art Museum. Two of his paintings are reproduced in the book, Historic Albuquerque, commissioned by The Albuquerque Conservation Association. The City of Albuquerque purchased two of his paintings in 2008; they are now on exhibit at the downtown Main Library. He has had a number of one artist shows.
His educational background is in engineering (B.S., Univ. of Kansas, 1960; Ph.D., Notre Dame, 1965), which he practiced professionally for over thirty years. As noted above, more recently he has earned sixty hours of credit in art and art history from the University of New Mexico. He is married to Judy who is a retired APS teacher and administrator. They have three grown children, Christopher, John and Jane. Judy and Chuck have lived in and appreciated Albuquerque for more than forty years.
My artwork is about Albuquerque as a contemporary urban area and a quintessential Southwestern city. It is a complex, spread out place situated in a wonderful high-desert valley. Albuquerque’s beautiful surroundings, distinctive architecture and evolving character make it a unique place for visual artists. In recent years, I have worked particularly on the downtown area.
I walk around the streets of the Albuquerque business district and through its various buildings and create drawings, watercolors and take photos. My work is based on these visual references. The paintings present a sometimes empty downtown in an often idealized state. The Albuquerque central business district is not a model of architecture and planning, but it does have many interesting and historic aspects. Making visual images of urban settings has a long history. My approach is undoubtedly influenced by this tradition. Most of the work I is realistic streetscapes and buildings, but I also do some abstract and semi-abstract pieces particularly related to space and the cosmos.
My work is in a range of media. Most of the paintings are in oil or acrylic on canvas to which I often add attachments of various kinds. I do some watercolors as preliminary sketches for larger works, but also as stand-alone works. Printmaking has also been part of my art activity. I look forward to exploring some other media in the future and expanding the subject matter.