Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 152.5cm (H) x 122cm (W) / 60" (H) x 48" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This painting is from a series of large paintings based upon dolls that Werfel had found in the house where she grew up.
She liked their Rubenesque fleshy figures and used them to begin to recreate the intersections of figures in old master figure paintings such as Tintoretto, Titian and Pozzo.
At a certain point in the process, Werfel turned the painting so as to abstract the figures and create an all over rhythm.
The identity of figures gets subsumed by the energy of the paint marks.
Hometown: Long Island
Based in: California
Gina Werfel is an American abstract painter whose work uses vivid color, lyrical gesture, and complex compositional structures to explore harmonies within visual space.
Werfel works with a mixture of oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Her background is in landscape painting, which helped her develop a keen eye for light, color relationships, and compositional harmony. As she transitioned into abstraction, she heightened her ability to use those sensibilities to convey emotional and atmospheric states within pictorial space. In her abstract paintings, she employs expressive, lyrical gestures that create bursts of movement and energy. Her color choices create a range of tones from the muted and serene to the vibrant and electric. In addition to traditional brushwork, she incorporates mediums like spray paint and stencils to build layered, complex, and expressive compositions.
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