View Full Version : Albert Root: Commemorative Feature

03-18-2015, 06:29 PM
Hey guys, we'd like to do a feature in memory of Albert Root (screenpainter/ gzairborne). He was a major part of the community, and so we'd like to involve everyone.

A lot of you have been sharing memories in this thread (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?48929-i-just-read-about-Albert-Root-R-I-P). Would you mind posting a memory, or a favourite work of his, for inclusion in the article? If we get enough responses, we'll post it next Wednesday (ish, depending on timezones).

This will be a public feature obviously, but you're also welcome to send in stuff to [email protected] instead.

03-19-2015, 09:38 AM
I think he'd be glad to hear that Hannah. He was not only obviously very talented but very supportive as well, a real gent.

Since I do love portraits I'd like to remember him with this one. I never had the chance to tell him but I do it now, It is great Albert! Congrats ;)


03-20-2015, 03:43 AM
I'm grateful for the opportunity to further remind Albert great artistry and human personality. He's always been a warm, gentle and encouraging friend providing congratulations and suggestions of any kind, with a frank and benign care for both Your art, Your person and Your drivers to help Your own awareness and insight as only good friends dare to afford. This came from his genuine curiosity and interest for both art and persons, both disciplines where he had a deep knowledge and a simple and direct communication.
I remember gratefully of some of his observations and suggestions to correct figures proportions provided in respectful way for my consideration and he was evidently right as I could easily realize. A great lesson to found Your pride in Your ability to accept to constantly improve and not on an illusory achievement.
This tribute is due, but, honestly, quite moving for anyone of the old guard attending this Forum as long as myself and even more (it seems a lifetime indeed), having seen so many mates and friends appear and disappear, like generations of people in history. Only few existed and still stay and stand like mountains or ancient redwoods, the Artrages Elves somehow and Albert Root is one of them, and elvish hero with different names fell in a battle, but with a timeless spirit and immortal nature.

No single artpiece can condense an artistic personality embracing any genre and interest, but I would attach herebelow an unfinished, experimental sort of portrait where Cézanne and Matisse joined into marvellous unicum enlighting and interacting with so many artists of the last century I can hardly list completely. Other masterpieces I like very much are New Oil Experiment, Hair Down and Still Life You may find in his gallery.

So long, dear Albert, I hope You enjoyed my miserable words, my sentiments and feelings from wherever You're living now, in delight, I'm sure.

04-01-2015, 07:29 AM
I have been away from the forum for too long. I have missed Albert's passing entirely. I am grieved to hear of this loss. He was, insofar as I knew him, a very kind man.

04-10-2015, 03:16 AM
I agree Fashmir, too long away and a real shock to read this news. He was such a talented and supportive part of the ArtRage family and as others have already said, always a perfect gent. He will certainly be missed by me.

04-15-2015, 11:20 AM
I tried to find GZ’s (Albert’s) painting from his series done, I think in AR3, of a tree in thick impasto layers,
with deep, rich blue night sky, and varied coloured spots of lights showing through the branches.
I was awed by that painting and wanted to use that one as a representation for him.
I could not find it in his Gallery or anywhere, so finally tried checking all his posts.

I was overwhelmed by the astonishing number of gently encouraging comments he’d made.
For these, in my mind, I honoured him.

And it dawned on me that the amazing list of comments was, for me,
the best picture that could represent Albert Root.

When I realized Albert Root was our GZ, at first I thought it was a mistake,
that perhaps GZ aka Gzairborne aka Screenpainter aka Albert Root,
was simply in the process of changing to a new identity once again.

And so he is.

04-29-2015, 08:09 AM
I am so saddened to hear this morning of Albert's passing. For a number of years we shared so many wonderful exchanges in this forum. Albert was consistently, always, warm, inviting, considerate, smart, a bright light constructively engaged with his compatriots here. His artwork was suburb. Lima's tribute compilation is moving, somehow capturing the heart of a wonderful soul who will be sorely missed by those who loved him. Rest in peace Albert. Thank you for having always been an inspiration and caring friend.

And, thank you Lima for the moving, beautiful, tribute and compilation. And thank you Hannah for this thoughtful idea to honor one of our dear friends.

-- Love to all my old friends here. Byron

05-04-2015, 10:49 AM
I remember when I joined the newly AR Forum, Albert was one of the people who guided me in my early learning tools AR. Really a great person and great artist.
Buen viaje amigo!!!

05-04-2015, 01:42 PM
Just to let people know; we're nearly ready to post this, but as people are still sharing, we were holding off until people have had a chance to add something.

05-09-2015, 01:45 AM
OMG ! I just found this post.I've been away too long I guess. So sad he was a great contributor to the forums, and an allround nice guy .

Peter Pinckney
05-09-2015, 02:30 AM
Quote Originally Posted by fraser_paice View Post
Albert was one of the people who made this place so welcoming when I first started coming here, it's sad news.

Like Neil I want to say Thanks Albert for your welcome,friendship and encouragement over the years.

See you next time around Friend.

05-27-2015, 05:35 PM
Hey guys, the feature is up: http://www.artrage.com/in-memory-of-albert-root/

Victor Osaka
05-27-2015, 06:56 PM
What a beautiful feature. So good to read each of the thoughtful comments. Peace.

05-27-2015, 08:27 PM
That's amazing Hannah. A fitting tribute expertly done.

D Akey
05-27-2015, 09:11 PM
Seeing his paintings and then reading the tributes, it's almost like stepping into a canvas that has been refined through artistic selectivity, creating a scene with certain lighting, a particular palette, a particular style. And it's beautiful to witness. You did a nice job on the presentation. Very sweet.

05-28-2015, 05:14 AM
This is the essence of what I've seen here at the ArtRage forums. A world wide loving community of artists who care about one another. Albert embodied that so well. Thank you Albert.

05-28-2015, 05:17 AM
a wonderful tribute Hannah!, you really brought together the sentiments and wonderful work that was Albert... thanks for doing this.

05-28-2015, 10:38 PM
As a new user of ArtRage, I do not know who Albert Root, but based on many posts and comments, I'll just presume he's a good person.

R.I.P. Albert Root

06-15-2015, 05:26 PM
Thank you Hannah. The tribute to Albert is moving, capturing the beautiful spirit of our dear friend. Thank you for capturing and sharing these memories. They further reveal how much Albert meant to our little community. They capture our shared appreciation for Albert's generous, enlivening, spirit, and his very real, down-to-earth, contributions through his enthusiastic participation with each and all of us. He really will be missed.

06-16-2015, 09:52 PM
I would thank our Hannah and all the other beloved Artrage people, as well as all the dear mates taking part to this forum for their care and human sensitivity which add much value to their outstanding and unique product and services supply. i don't think it's just a good business strategy. I think they're actually beautiful people indeed.
So I'm also relieved to see that people matter here and they are not quickly forgotten as a mere burned out candle in the wind (EJ copyright of course) since they have a place where they would still live in memory and artworks.

To get a little lighter and share a smile I think Albert would probably join too from where he possibly looks at us affectionately and with some amusement: take care You all, folks, and don't rush for a premature memorial ....:)