Gina Werfel

Gina Werfel


I was a Visiting Professor at Yale-NUS in Singapore and had a studio that overlooked the jungle. I was fascinated by the light and vegetation that filtered through the windows of the studio. The gray paper offset the sparkling marks of color to create an enveloping atmosphere.


I was experimenting with a more muted palette and erasing previous marks as I painted. It is cold and foggy this morning in Northern California, so it seemed like an appropriate image to post today!

Dec 06, 2021

II was inspired by the Italian artist, Pozzo's ceiling fresco in St Ignatius in Rome when I was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. I have a large reproduction in the studio, from which I take ideas of color and composition while infusing my work with a contemporary flair.

Dec 05, 2021

This painting is part of a series of subdued colors in a floating field. I experimented with stencils, different kinds of mark making. I didn't have a reference in mind, but let my hand and eye guide my decisions.

Dec 04, 2021

I was inspired by my stay in Singapore, where I encountered Chinese New Year decorations that brought good luck for the new year. I spray paint the decorations and allow the negative spaces in their designs to interact with the brushwork. The tall narrow format recalls scroll painting. When I returned to California, I incorporated stencils of everyday objects that had interesting patterns.

Dec 01, 2021

I saw this abstract painting as a kind of "portrait" of a woman in a bright red dress in a dynamic pose. The swirl of bright colors against the white canvas adds to the movement.

Nov 30, 2021

This painting began with a sketch from my son's childhood drawing books. I added stencils from everyday objects to obscure the identity of the horse amidst washes of color.

Nov 29, 2021

I lived on China Lake in central Maine for a year. The changing seasons created very interesting reflections on the lake. These structures are no longer extant- they were already about to fall over, which fascinated me- their dilapidated state almost had a natural feel.

Nov 27, 2021

I was intrigued by creating a painting using primarily black and white on a gray background. The triangular underlying grid allows the flowery part of the painting to be set free.

Nov 26, 2021

I listen to music while I paint. In this work on paper, there is a cadence to the rhythm of the brushstrokes interrupted by stenciled marks. The brilliant color is also poised against delicate lines of graphite and ink.


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