My name is Gibbs Hanson Rounsavall. My parents named me after my maternal grandmother, Julia Gibbs, the first artist I knew.
I love my name and it’s origin. People often make the comment, “Your name sounds like an artist's name.” I suppose my parents experienced a sort of prescience back in 1975 when they chose my name because I set out on this path at an early age.
I have loved to draw since I was in first grade, doodling stick men fighting dinosaurs on the margins of my worksheets. However, it wasn’t until I was in 3rd grade that I began to think of myself as an artist. Having uncovered a stash of old 60’s Playboy Magazines (there’s a longer story there), I began drawing anatomically accurate nude studies.
My early studies of the human form made for a natural step into the world of comics, which to be more accurate was more like a diving-head-first into that world. This period was instrumental in training my eye to “see” and honing my ability to reproduce my surroundings onto a two-dimensional surface. I look back on these early teen years as the beginning of my fascination in world building, vibrant colors and eye-popping imagery.
I went on to attend art school, graduating in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis with an Illustration degree…and little interest in an Illustration career. I just wanted to paint and draw. It was at this point; I made the conscience decision to commit to my studio practice. I have kept a rigorous studio discipline of waking early and working everyday, reading about art and artists and experimenting with various techniques and mediums. There is never a lack of inspiration and there is always work to do.
You can find my work outside of the Matrix in both private and corporate collections worldwide. You can find me in Louisville Kentucky.