Robert Gilmore, 75, the Kreielsheimer professor of art, celebrated his 42nd year of teaching at Gonzaga with a one-man show last fall at the Jundt Art Museum, “Lost Horizons: The Paintings of Robert Gilmore.” Gilmore spent the final afternoon of the exhibit with art student John Deroulet. Elbow to elbow, the two discussed the movement, horizons and spirit of Gilmore’s work. Gilmore named several of his paintings for cultural figures from his background – Blue Poles, a Jackson Pollock painting; Giant Steps, a John Coltrane jazz album; Lady in Satin, by jazz great Billie Holiday. He urges viewers to find their own way into his artwork. “It’s not a good idea to explain your metaphors,” he said. “Your metaphor is the painting.” Below are three pieces from his show: Edge of the World, left, Tulip Scape and Through a Glass Darkly.

Edge of the World, left, Tulip Scape and Through a Glass Darkly, by Robert Gilmore. All are oil on canvas, done in 2010.

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