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Father’s Day, 1988
Oil on canvas, 24 x 32
Private collection

Most of Gjertson’s genre work springs from his personal experience, either what he has done or what he observes his children doing. His eldest son posed for this painting. The idea came from watching the boy color at the dining room table. It was begun on August 1st and painted during the hottest part of the summer. The artist’s studio, which is on the second floor of their home, was like a sauna, but the young model diligently posed in his shorts, with sweat running down his face.

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