555 12th Street: Gina Werfel
Gina Werfel is an American abstract painter who uses vivid color, gesture, and complex compositional structures to create dynamic and rhythmic visual expressions.
Werfel works with a mixture of oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas.
Her background is in landscape painting, which helped her to develop a keen eye for light, color relationships, and compositional harmony. As she transitioned into abstraction, she developed her ability to use those sensibilities to convey complex and nuanced emotional states. In her abstract paintings, she employs expressionist, open gestures to 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 also incorporates mediums like spray-paint and stencils to build complex layers that draw the viewer in, inviting exploration and discovery.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised on Long Island, Werfel’s training includes Columbia University (MFA), New York Studio School (Certificate), and Hamilton College (BA). She currently lives and works near Sacramento, California, where she is a Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis.