Artist Adrian Gottlieb - Brennen Fine Art Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ

About Adrian Gottlieb

Adrian Gottlieb

Adrian Gottlieb paints marvelous figurative compositions, especially portraits and genre scenes. He is a portraitist whose vision is so penetrating and profound that it seems as if he sees into the souls of his sitters. Gottlieb works directly from the live model, shunning the use of photographs, which lack what he calls 'life force.' In his portraits we somehow see timelessness itself. We all have occasional flashes of heightened awareness, but Gottlieb seems to operate at that level all the time. He is glad to share these moments with us and help us relive our own, showing us the mystery and miraculous-ness of the people he portrays. Most importantly, we glimpse a deep, quiet, patient, inexhaustible compassion for humanity.... Gottlieb's paintings do not resemble those of any recognizable master, and yet he is most definitely an artist's artist. Indeed, the more one knows about the craft of painting, the more one appreciates his work. Hard and soft; lost and found; warm and cool; intimate and detached; unified and varied; lit and shadowed; hopeful and despairing; rhythmic and silent - it is all here, to the extent that Gottlieb makes it look easy to hold in balance all the contrary forces that define a human being, and this world." -Daan Hoekstra (artist and regional editor for Fine Art Connoisseur, northern Mexico)


Adrian Gottlieb is a figurative and portrait painter in the naturalist realist tradition. His broad fine arts education includes a degree in illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and training in painting at both Charles Cecil Studios, and The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Viewing Gottlieb's paintings in person, one is immediately struck by the painterly quality of his work. While he has expanded his themes, Gottlieb's passion remains centered on figurative compositions. It is in this genre that Gottlieb excels-especially in infusing the two-dimensional surface with a luminous vitality; a palpable energy that is unique to his work. It is for this reason that Adrian Gottlieb was commissioned to paint the portrait of V. Rev. Father John S. Bakas, in celebration of his 10th anniversary as Dean of St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles. Adrian's unique sensitivity to the inner workings of his subjects allows him to communicate a deeply spiritual and paternal personality, while imparting a warmth and generosity of spirit rarely seen in the portraits of traditional religious figures.


Exhibitions include the Panorama Museum in Germany, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the Waterhouse Gallery's annual "Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, and the California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Exhibition." Gallery representation includes S.R. Brennen Galleries in Palm Desert, Scottsdale, and Santa Fe; Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills and the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara. His paintings have been featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine, in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, International Artist, Art & Antiques Magazine, American Art Collector, Apollo Magazine (UK), The Artists Magazine and Southwest Art. Example works are included in the textbook, Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work by Michael Fleishman, and he has served as guest lecturer at art colleges and universities, including Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Laguna College of Art and Design, and California Art Institute. Gottlieb spent the summer of 2007 in England, painting the commissioned official portrait of Lord William Herbert, 18th Earl of Pembroke, 15th Earl of Montgomery. The following spring, he returned for the formal unveiling of his portrait of Lord Pembroke at Wilton House, the historic family seat near Salisbury which hosts the largest private collection of Van Dyke paintings and other masterpieces in the world.


Awards and Recognition

• 2014 Best Single Figure Painting, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition: Dobrota

• 2011 Honorable Mention, The Artist Magazine, 2011 Portrait and Figure Competition, painting : Dormir

• 2010, Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America, International Portrait Competition, painting: Elysian Fields

• 2008 The Artist’s Magazine, December 2008, First Place Adrian Gottlieb, Portrait and Figure

• 2008 Second Place, Portrait Society of America, 2008 International Portrait Competition, Painting: Jennifer

• 2008 American Artist, October 2008, Cover Competition winner

• 2007 “ Best of Show .” Portrait Society of America, 2007 International Portrait Competition, Washington, D.C. Painting: The Director ( Portrait of Joe Ballarini)

• 2002 June Best in Show.” 16th Annual Arts Alive Festival of Fine Art. Burlington, VT., ”Painting: “The Artist’s Model,”

• HK Holbein Art Materials, Inc., Fine Art Award, 16th Annual Arts Alive Festival of Fine Art. Burlington, VT

• 2001 The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Award

• 1994 International Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community. Sponsored by Hirokichi Yoshiyama, retired CEO, Hitachi International LTD, Tokyo, Japan. For Individuals whose community service has surpassed what is ordinarily expected of a socially responsible citizen. Presented at the Nat’l Press Club, Washington, DC by Eliot Richardson (former US Attorney General, Secretary of State, Secretary Department of Health, Education, and Welfare).

• 1994 Certificate of Merit/Letter of Commendation from Vermont’s Governor Dr. Howard Dean “…for combining fine art and community service….”

• 1994 US Congressional Art Competition, T. W. Wood Art Gallery, VT. Judges Choice, Senator’s Choice. The People’s Choice Awards.

• 1993 First place national winner, painting & graphics category, The Foundation for a Creative America, Div. of US Patents, Trademarks, Copyright Offices, and US Library of Congress, Washington, DC

• 1993 Presented with a Bear Claw “…as a symbol of friendship for …work in support of the cultural identity of the Abenaki People.” Tribal Council of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.

• 1993 Letter of commendation for outstanding artistic achievement, from then US Vice President Al Gore.

• 1993 US Congressional Art Competition, Chandler Art Gallery, VT. Senator’s Choice Award, Honorable Mention.

• 1992 June “Most outstanding community contribution to the Arts for 1992.” Friends of Fine Arts, VT

• 1992 US Congressional Art Competition, Chandler Art Gallery, VT. 2nd Place, People’s Choice Award, Senator’s Choice Award.


• March 2014, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Audry Museum

• November 2013, Great American Figurative Exhibition, Santa Barbara

• August 2013 One man show, S.R. Brennen Galleries in Santa Fe

• January 2013 Los Angeles Art Show with S.R. Brennen Galleries

• January 2012 Los Angeles Art Show with S.R. Brennen Galleries

• March 2012, Gene Autry Museum of Art, The California Art Club, 101st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles, California

• November 21, 2012 through December 19th, Great American Figurative Exhibition,

• November 21, 2011 through December 19th, Great American Figurative Exhibition,

• November 21, 2010 through December 19th, Great American Figurative Exhibition,

• November 21, 2009 through December 19th, Great American Figurative Exhibition,

• November 21, 2007 through December 19th, Great American Figurative Exhibition,

• April 28 – May 20, 2007 Pasadena Museum of California Art The California Art Club, 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena, California

• Sep 17 – Dec 17, 2006 Slow Painting: A Deliberate Renaissance Oglethorpe Univ. Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

• 2006 Feb 4 – Feb 11 Florence Academy of Art Second Alumni Exhibition. The restored 16th century stables of the Corsini Palace, Piazzale Porta al Prato, 37 Florence, Italy

• 2003 Dec 12 – Jan 12 Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Portraits from the Florence Academy of Art"

• 2003 Oct 25 – Nov 25 Century Gallery, Virginia. Second American venue of “Realism Revisited…”

• 2003 Jul 14 – Oct 4 Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NY, NY. First American venue of “Realism Revisited – The Florence Academy of Art”.

• 2002 Nominated by Professor John T. Spike, Ph.D and invited to exhibit as part of the Biennale International dell’Arte Contemporanea 2003. Fortezza Da Basso , Florence, Italy.

• 2003 Feb 1 – Apr 27 The Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen, Germany: ” Realism Revisited – The Florence Academy of Art” 120 works (paintings, drawings and sculpture) accomplished by 26 of the faculty, established and emerging artists – alumni of The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy. Catalog text by American art historian and author, Gerald M. Ackerman About the Exhibition: Opening Remarks by Dr. Rudolf Kober

• 2002 May 2 – Jun Arts Alive, Burlington, Vermont

• 2002 Mar 1 – Apr Paintings from Tuscany, the Arc Gallery, First Unitarian-Universalist Meeting House, Burlington, VT

• 2001 Sep 15 – Oct 14 Exhibit: 21st Century Renaissance, Royce Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey

• 2001 Oct 19 – Nov 25 Featured Artist Exhibit, Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts, Rutland, VT

• 2001-00 Nov – Jan Creating the Illusion, a single-artist exhibition, Leunigs, Burlington, VT

• 2000 Jul 1 – Aug Visions by Candlelight, The Humanist Spirit Rekindled, The Red Lion Inn, Cohasset, MA

• 1999 May – Aug The Church Street Exhibit, (single-artist exhibit), VT

• 1999 A New Age Renaissance, (single-artist exhibit), Leunigs, Burlington, VT 1999 Arts Alive, a group exhibition, Burlington, VT

• 1999 – 2000 21st Century Renaissance, The Peoples Gallery, (single-artist exhibit), Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, VT

• 1998 April – 1999 April The Illustrators, Xerox Corporation Gallery, Xerox Corporate Headquarters, Rochester, New York.

• 1998 Fine Art Honors Exhibit ‘98, The Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

• 1997 Fine Arts Honors Exhibit ‘97, Bevier Gallery, Rochester


Publications, Catalogs, Newspapers / Periodicals

• 2012 American Artist: 75 Greatest Artists of All Time

• 2012, work featured (Jennifer) on cover of L’amore Rubato, by Dacia Daraini, published by Rizzoli, January 2012

• 2012 Fine Art Connoisseur, Volume 9 issue 2, April 2012, “Adrian Gottlieb Introduces the Piambura,” page 15

• 2012 Fine Art Connoisseur, volume 9 issue 1, page 33

• 2011 Art & Antiques, Summer 2011, page 21

• 2011 Southwest Art, October 2011, page 19

• 2011 American Art Collector, #63, page 179, “Artist focus: Adrian Gottlieb. Beyond the Aesthetic.”

• 2011 Southwest Art, September issue, Adrian Gottlieb Follows Centuries-Old Traditions To Create Contemporary Figurative Oils By Norman Kolpas

• 2010, Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work, by Michael Fleishman, work of Adrian Gottlieb featured under Character Development, Chapter 12.

• 2010 Southwest Art Magazine April issue, Emerging Artist by Bonnie Gangelhoff

• 2010 The Artist Magazine October issue In Darkness Visible, Employing the Verdaccio technique that dates from the Italian Renaissance, Adrian Gottlieb paints faces that seem to emit light. By Daniel Brown

• 2009 Apollo Magazine, June 21, Tradition with a twist, on the the Earl of Pembroke , page 1, by Michael Hall

• 2008 The Artist’s Magazine, December 2008, First Place Adrian Gottlieb, Portrait and Figure, page 65

• 2009 press release, Internationally Recognized Artist, Adrian Gottlieb’s Painting “Nimbus” Included in Figurative Exhibition Opening November 21, 2009

• 2008 American Artist, October 2008, Cover Competition, page 17-18

• 2008 Artist Advocate, Winter 2008, Page 14

• 2007 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine September/October 2007, Page 83-84 Artists Making Their Mark Adrian Gottlieb by Daan Hoekstra International Artist Magazine August/September 2007 – Issue #56 – Page 22 Portrait Society of America’s 9th Annual Award Winners Showcase

• 2003 Catalog: Realism Revisited, The Florence Academy of Art. Hirshl & Adler Galleries, NY, NY. Catalog is accompanied by an 8 page gatefold brochure featuring 13 color illustrations and essay (link to essay is very slow to load): “A New Direction in Art Education, Andy Warhol and A New Aesthetic Movement” authored by Dr. Gregory S. Hedberg.

• 2003 Feb Catalog: Realism Revisited, The Florence Academy of Art by Gerald M. Ackerman, Daniel Graves, R. Kober and G. Lindner, 224 pages, 137 color reproductions. © 2003, The Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen. Printed in Germany, ISBN 3-9807182-7-1

• 2003 Jan American Artist Magazine, Recent Award Winners

• 2002 Oct/Nov International Artist Magazine – Issue #27/ Master Portrait Artists’ Showcase Page 38

• 2000 Nov The Burlington Free Press, Guide to the Arts, Weekend Edition, CIAO! “Instead of Stendhal’s Syndrome… Vermont native finds inspiration in Florence, Italy.”

• 2000 Jul 28 The Patriot Ledger: “International artists exhibit at historic Cohasset Inn.”