OUTSIDER / FOLK ART
Sybil Gibson was a college educated elementary school teacher, mother of one daughter, interested in real estate and the financial markets. In November 1963 at the age of 55, she became enchanted with a piece of gift wrapping paper in a downtown Miami, FL. store. When she picked up a brush to create her own wrapping paper with materials at hand – tempera and brown grocery bags- she became totally seized with a compulsion to paint which lasted three decades.
Sybil Gibson was a blithe spirit. She had no cause to espouse, no avant-garde puzzles to explain. Her work was an honest and passionate escape from daily realities and responsibilities to a place of happiness, beauty, sensitivity and complete Freedom. Her colors – both lively and subtle, charming naïveté, and unlimited imagination bring joy to the eye.
Critics of Gibson’s work compare it to that of Auguste Renoir, Milton Avery, Odilon Redon.
Her paintings are in the museum collections: Birmingham Museum of Art – Birmingham, AL Fayette Art Museum – Fayette, AL; Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art – Marietta, GA; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art – Montgomery, AL; Museum of American Folk Art – New York, NY , New Orleans Museum of Art – New Orleans, LA New York State Historical Society – Cooperstown, NY, The Brooklyn Museum- Brooklyn, NY and on permanent installation at the Birmingham Airport.