Gina Werfel in her studio

Gina Werfel

United States 1951

Abstract Art

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Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel
Female
United States
1951
October 12, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Gina Werfel is an American abstract painter whose work uses vivid color, lyrical gesture, and complex compositional structures to explore harmonies within visual space. Raised on Long Island, she currently lives and works near Sacramento, California, where she is a Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis. Werfel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kirkland College (now part of Hamilton College), in Clinton, New York and post-graduated at the New York Studio School. She then earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in New York. She is also the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships and grants, and leads a distinguished career as a professor of art, a visiting university lecturer, and an artist in residence at important schools and institutions around the world.

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Gina Werfel – installation view

Techinque

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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Gina Wefel – Night, 2014 (Left) / Notation, 2015 (Right)

Inspiration and Exhibitions

Werfel has studied and taught all over the world. She has found inspiration in the variations between the pictorial landscapes to which she has been exposed: for example, the interplay between the hills and light of Northern California and the textures and colors of Brittany, France. She is interested in the way everyday experiences influence her paintings. She may become inspired early in the day by a spontaneous gesture then be guided later by the view from her studio. In the end, her compositions do not reference any one thing. They are examinations of the qualities of light, transparency and color in space. Werfel has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout the United States, with recent solo exhibitions at the American University in Paris, France, and at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City.

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Gina Wefel – Oposition, 2014 (Left) / Twisted, 2015 (Right)

Artist Statement

Like polyphony in music, Werfel’s work consists of textures of multiple independent “voices” or sources. She layers multiple elements to create painted universes; embedded vestiges of gestures suggest fragments of memories, glimpses inside the studio or outside her window. Werfel creates compositions that echo the spatial complexities of landscapes to which she had been drawn when painting outdoors – tumbling hills or underwater reflections. But now, fragments float in fluid, veiled spaces.

The artist is represented by IdeelArt.

Gina Werfl lives and works near Sacramento, California.

Featured image: Gina Werfel in her studio
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Gina WerfelKorn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJSolo
2017Shapeshifters: Superheavies NIAD Gallery, Oakland CA Group
2017Alumni ExhibitionNY Studio School,Group
2017Gina WerfelAmerican University in Paris, Paris, FranceSolo
2017East-WestPrince Street Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2017GeographiesElizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, MESolo
2016UntitledBerkeley Art Center, Berkeley CAGroup
2016Alumni ExhibitionNY Studio School, NYCGroup
2016Winter Art SalonPark City, UtahGroup
2016UntitledAmerican Embassy, LjubljanaGroup
2016Clearing Mondavi Winery, Margrit Mondavi Gallery, Napa, CASolo
2014Screens and Passages, with Hearne PardeeShasta College Art Gallery, Redding, CASolo
2013Gina WerfelGoogle Headquarters, Mountain View, CASolo
2013He Said, She Said, with Hearne PardeeAdler and Co Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2013Gina WerfelStanilar Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VAtSolo
2012Gina WerfelAlex Bult Gallery, Sacramento, CA Solo
2012Polyphonics Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CASolo
2012Tomorrow’s Legacies: Gifts Celebrating the Next 125 YearsCrockerGroup
2012Between the QuotesPence Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
2012Flatlanders on the Slant StepNelson Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
2011Persistence of VisionCalifornia State University, StanislausSolo
2010Gina WerfelAdler& Co Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2009Fourth of July ShowJancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Artists in ResidenceYosemite Museum, Yosemite, CAGroup
2009The Nature of LandscapeSan Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York CitySolo
2009Gina WerfelAdler& Co Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2009Gina WerfelMondavi Winery, Vineyard Gallery, Napa, CASolo
2008Surface and SubstanceSan Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Cool and AustereJancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
2008Plein Air AbstractionRiverside Art Museum, Riverside, CAGroup
2007Landscape, Observation and AbstractionWiegand Gallery, College of Notre Dame de Nur, Belmont, CASolo
2007Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York CitySolo
2006From Postwar to PostmodernismColumbia UniversityGroup
2006Sacramento Valley Landscape ShowJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
2006The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of the New York Studio SchoolNew York Studio SchoolGroup
2006 Sacramento Valley Landscape ShowJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA,Group
2006See California NowGallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA,Group
2006Gina WerfelMonty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, ALSolo
2005Gina WerfelB.Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento CA Solo
2004Gina WerfelMondavi Winery, Vineyard Gallery, Napa, CASolo
2003Gone WestJohn Natsoulas Gallery Group
2003Pieces of the Puzzle,Woodland City HallGroup
2003Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York CitySolo
2002Art AfficionadoBirmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, AL,Group
20023-person showWashington Art Association, Washington, CTGroup
2002UntitledLes Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VAGroup
2002Personal Views: Four Painters and LandscapeKarl Drerup Fine Arts Gallery,Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NHGroup
2001Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York CitySolo
2001Gina WerfelMonty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, ALSolo
1998Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York CitySolo
1995Gina WerfelMonty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL Solo
1995Thirty Years of DrawingNew York Studio School, New York, NYGroup
1995UntitledSite 250, Fairbanks, AKGroup
1995UntitledPennsylvania School of Design, Lancaster, PAGroup
1995Contemporary Landscape,Art Institute of BostonGroup
1995Landscape RevisitedGaumann-Cicchino Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
1995Visions of the SouthwestArea Gallery, Portland, MEGroup
1994Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1994Gina WerfelSecond Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA Solo
1994Gina WerfelDupont Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA Solo
1993Gina WerfelMonty Stabler Galleries, Birmingham, AL Solo
1992Gina WerfelMaier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA Solo
1992Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1992Gina WerfelCongress Square Gallery, Portland, ME Solo
1989Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1989Gina WerfelColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME Solo
1989Gina WerfelGallery 127, Portland, ME Solo
1987Inaugural Group Show Gallery 127, Portland, MEGroup
1987Artists Who Teach in Maine,Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, MEGroup
1987Faculty invitationalChautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NYGroup
1987LandscapeCollege of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VAGroup
1987Juried Alumni ShowNew York Studio School, New York, NY,Group
1987Painters Who Look at the EnvironmentUniversity of Maine, Farmington, MEGroup
1987Juried ShowMaine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME Group
1987Contemporary Gallery ArtistsBarridoff Galleries, Portland ME Group
1986Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1986Gina WerfelJersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ Solo
1985Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1983Gina WerfelCollege of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA Solo
1983Gina WerfelColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME Solo
1982Drawings from NatureJoan Whitney Payson Gallery, Portland, ME Group
1982Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1982Gina WerfelUniversity of Maine, Farmington, ME Solo
1981Juried ShowMaine Coast Artists, Rockport, MEGroup
1981Gina WerfelColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME)Solo
1980New DrawingsBette Stoler Gallery, New York, NY Group
1980Contemporary Gallery ArtistsBarridoff Galleries, Portland, ME Group
1980Gina WerfelPrince Street Gallery, New York, NY Solo
1978UntitledHudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup