1934 Born in Rotterdam
He lives and works in Arnhem. He also had a studio in the south of France for 35 years. Objects of a still live (coffee pots, tables, chairs) are repeating elements in his works.
Klass Gebo is one of the most famous artists (painters and sculptors) in the Netherlands. He is a household name in the Netherlands with his still life like table chairs and coffee pots.
In 2004-2005, GUbbels held a retrospective of large-scale works at the Arnhem Museum of Modern Art. Over time, Gubbels' work has become more abstract. Although the number of visual themes is limited, it is also the power and charm of his art. In addition, he uses various techniques and materials – including photography and slate printing. , woodcuts, murals, collages and found items, glass and metal.
His work is similar to the works of artists such as Giorgio Morandi and Amedeo Modigliani and seems to be influenced by Duchamp, Man Ray and George Segal. His work is exhibited in several important museums in the Netherlands.
Gubbels's work deliberately avoids the beauty of tradition. In his eyes, beauty is an illusory thing that keeps you away from reality. In his work, objects are used as a means of conveying emotions. He is not interested in the tables and chairs and coffee pots he represents, but is interested in the emotions and feelings that these objects can evoke. Everyday supplies are the protagonists of Gubbels' paintings, sculptures and graphic works. He uses regular geometric shapes and vivid colors to create a new personal artistic value that gives new concepts to aesthetics.
In the 1950s, Kras Gebo studied art at several art schools in Rotterdam, including the De Kooning School of Art, and later established GBK with important artists of the time.
In the 1970s, Gubbels established contacts with some of the artists and printmakers in the De Kooning School of Art in Rotterdam, such as Hannes Postma.
The Museum of Modern Art Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Stedelijk
Museum Amsterdam Museum Arnhem
Museum het Valkhof Nijmegen
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam