John Gerachis - Painter


John Gerachis, a native Washingtonian and classically trained artist, has been painting for over 60 years. After three years in the US Marine Corps, he used the GI Bill to study at Washington University in St. Louis where he received his BFA. Previously he studied at Abbot Art School, the Corcoran Gallery and The American University in Washington, D.C., Mexico City College, The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and L'Academie de Grand Chaumier in Paris. Although he is adept in many art disciplines, he has chosen watercolor and what he calls watercolor-ink to depict the streets of the City. His cityscapes exhibit a freshness and spontaneity that can only be captured by painting on the spot. Line and color are used in each individual painting to express the essence of a particular streetscape. And although his line can vary from loose to architecturally tight and his colors from wash to opaque, each painting remains a historical document delineating a specific place at a specific time in the City's development. Mr. Gerachis's work has been shown in galleries and museums, including the St. Louis Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a consistent prizewinner at local shows and his paintings are in both public and private collections, including those of the Reynolds Company, the Veterans Administration, The US Navy, Ethel Kennedy, Gov. Leroy Colllins, Scotty Fitzgerald Smith, the Countess de Sibour, Francis I. duPont, Loeb Rhoades Company, among others. Early in his painting career, Mr. Gerachis occasionally had to work as a bartender or parlay his interest in the stock market into ready cash to pay the rent on his studio, but since those early days he has made a comfortable living as an artist. He has worked mostly on commission, so the paintings collected here represent scenes that he chose to paint as a way of expressing his artistic vision as well as capturing, in color and light, the history of the City itself.