Imero lived with his wife Josette and their little dog, Maurice in Camden, Maine for over 50 years. Their home backed onto the working harbor, home port to The Windjammers, a fleet of historic sailing vessels still cruising the Penobscot Bay to this day. The couple’s friends and neighbors were sailors and sea captains, musicians, story tellers, artists and those hardy enough to weather the storms and frigid winters of the rocky, northeast coast. The rich, natural environment was a constant inspiration for Imero’s prolific art.
“The paintings are very much related to place although they are never realistic. They are painted from memory, or sometimes from a sketch that might capture a particular light or shadow…My Neo-Impressionistic paintings, they express a joy. You’d be surprised how many people tell me that.”
On the Dock
18”x28”, oil on canvas
24”x24”, oil on canvas
16”x20”, oil on canvas
Morning, Camden Harbor
22”x30”, acrylic on canvas
24”x36” or 6”x24”, digital print
20”x36”, acrylic on canvas
Painting the Changes
30”x24”, acrylic on canvas
All his life, Imero Gobbato made images and notes of what he saw, felt and imagined. As his work evolved, he discovered he could be in different places by creating them. Until one day he found himself in the mystical, musical land of Humbravana (HV).
He was known in HV as Ghervaner (painter, carver) Lucoel (the luminous one), the admired and respected ‘Maker of Little Worlds’. For many years he traveled the land and diligently recorded his observations, striving to define the forms revealed between the light and the dark.
One may wonder what is real and what is imagined, but there are no clear boundaries.
HUMBRAVANA — The Land of the Eloquent Shadow
“I was always very busy trying to make a living. Sometimes I wonder, what is life? We have this life, we have dreams, and we have dreams with open eyes, like Humbravana.”
14”x17”, watercolor on illustration board, or available as digital print
The Clam Diggers
12”x24”, acrylic on panel, or available as digital print
Meditation in the Great Halls
24”x18”, acrylic on panel, or available as digital print
Wild Horses in Kyrr
6”x16”, acrylic on panel
To Mirvalus' House
10”x8”, acrylic on panel
Lucoel Paints in Romualda
9”x24”, acrylic on panel
Studio in Molussa
24”x18”, acrylic on panel
Bridge Over the River Guril
7”x11”, watercolor on illustration board
Many images of life in the land of Humbravana and its environment, are available in limited edition prints. Imero explored different techniques in intaglio, woodcut and collagraph. He built his own printing presses and experimented with different kinds of printmaking.
Intaglio is a technique whereby the the printing plate is inscribed with a sharp tool to create fine lines and detailed images. Etching is a common form of this technique. But in order to avoid the acids and toxic chemicals required for the metal plate used in etching, Imero developed his own method of using Masonite as the plate material, which he inscribed into with a sharpened nail.
Woodcut and Linoleum techniques produce a more solid, graphic look, although they can be very detailed too. Imero experimented with various kinds of wood and linoleum for his plates and carved using tools of the trade.
Collagraph is a technique of building up the plate with different objects and materials by adhering them to its’ surface. Imero used masonite for his plates and experimented with thick paints and fabrics.
Again & Again (The Old Dream)
5”x5”, Limited Edition Intaglio
The Call of the River
9”x15”, Limited Edition Woodcut
6”x5”, Limited Edition Woodcut
Lunch at Cape Bonareve
14”x7”, Limited Edition Intaglio
9”x13”, Limited Edition Intaglio
8”x5”, Limited Edition Intaglio
The Transfiguration paintings are inner landscapes which developed in the 1970s and 80s when Imero had a keen interest in the theories of quantum physics and was practicing Transcendental Meditation. The images came directly from his imagination and dreams. Sometimes in the morning, he would rush to his studio, eager to capture an entire image held vividly in his mind upon awakening.
“Those are my surrealistic or subconscious works. They are really completely different, not especially colorful, more in search of form…This is psychic rather than physical space. They allow me to express a certain philosophy of life, an almost mystic approach to life, a religiosity of life.”