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Meeting the Oracle

The Oracle (Oil on canvas, 4x3 feet, 2017, Michael Liebhaber)
The Oracle (Oil on canvas, 48×36 inches, 2017, Michael Liebhaber)

What would it be like to travel to Delphi and meet the Oracle? Why did men seek her counsel? Why her? I used experiences from my travels and incorporated colors and symbols from earlier renditions of Oracles and Sibyls to create a plausible reality about being in the presence of the Oracle.

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Evolution of Art

oil painting. 3 heads. 1 with cave art. 1 with Van Gogh art. 1 with computer bar code.
Evolution of Art; Michael Liebhaber; 2020; oil on canvas; 36 x 48 inches

Visual art is constantly evolving. The only common denominator is the expression of human thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Is there a next step? Can there be art without humans? My allegorical paintings are painted in oil on canvas. I rarely use any mediums other than Gamsol solvent.

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Self Portrait, v. 2016

Self Portrait v.2016, Oil on canvas, 48x36in (91.4x122 cm), 2016, Michael Liebhaber
Self Portrait v.2016, Oil on canvas, 48x36in (91.4x122cm), 2019, Michael Liebhaber)

Living things exude mood and energy, but this presence can only be understood in relation to context. Thus, figure and ground exist in symbiotic dualism; both independent, yet one does not exist without the other. Understanding is derived from their interdependence.

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White River at Keeps Mill

Apparently, Keeps Mill was a stop on an alternative route around Mt. Hood on the Oregon trail. If that’s true, how people got wagons in and out of here, I do not know. The hillsides rise quite quickly from both sides of the river. The White River flows from the White Glacier on Mt Hood. Keeps Mill is a primitive, secluded campground at the end of Forest Road 2120 (note to self: Watch for speed bump at end of pavement). The last mile is down a rocky, narrow, steep, exposed hillside. Did I mention a really tight switchback and talus fields?

Oil painting of White River in a forest
White River at Keeps Mill, Michael Liebhaber, 2019, Oil on panel, 40 x 30 inches
[© Michael Liebhaber, 2019]
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Meeting Anne ca. 1953

Meeting Anne ca. 1953; Michael Liebhaber; 2020; oil on canvas; 48×36 inches

What would it be like to meet Anne Frank as a young woman, after the war? This interpretation was inspired by the overwhelming impressions I received as I walked through the Frank home in Amsterdam; the presence of a life force that continued on.

$1500 original
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