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Gina Werfel

United States Born in: 1951
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.

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.

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 Werfel, Fragment, Painting

Gina Werfel

Fragment, 2016
34.6 x 50 inch
Painting

$ 3,615

Gina Werfel, Hieroglyph, Painting

Gina Werfel

Hieroglyph, 2010
31.9 x 28 inch
Painting

$ 4,084

Gina Werfel, Notation, Painting

Gina Werfel

Notation, 2015
30 x 22 inch
Painting

$ 2,544

Gina Werfel, Tumble, Painting

Gina Werfel

Tumble, 2017
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 8,836

Gina Werfel, Gesture, Painting

Gina Werfel

Gesture, 2010
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,025

Gina Werfel, Fallen, Painting

Gina Werfel

Fallen, 2019
36 x 36 inch
Painting

$ 5,556

Gina Werfel, Aerial View, Painting

Gina Werfel

Aerial View, 2019
12 x 12 inch
Painting

$ 870

Gina Werfel, Sunset Route, Painting

Gina Werfel

Sunset Route, 2019
48 x 84 inch
Painting

$ 10,979

Gina Werfel, Skeletal Structure, Painting

Gina Werfel

Skeletal Structure, 2017
14 x 11 inch
Painting

$ 1,071

Gina Werfel, Cloak, Painting

Gina Werfel

Cloak, 2009
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,159

Gina Werfel, Stencil, Painting

Gina Werfel

Stencil, 2014
25 x 18.9 inch
Painting

$ 2,008

Gina Werfel, Faded Light, Painting

Gina Werfel

Faded Light, 2008
54 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,560

Gina Werfel, Spring, Painting

Gina Werfel

Spring, 2016
30 x 22 inch
Painting

$ 2,544

Gina Werfel, Flourish, Painting

Gina Werfel

Flourish, 2016
30 x 22 inch
Painting

$ 2,544

Gina Werfel, Binocular Vision, Painting

Gina Werfel

Binocular Vision, 2016
18.9 x 25 inch
Painting

$ 2,075

Gina Werfel, Night, Painting

Gina Werfel

Night, 2014
30 x 22 inch
Painting

$ 2,544

Gina Werfel, Opposition, Painting

Gina Werfel

Opposition, 2014
30 x 22 inch
Painting

$ 2,544

Gina Werfel, Gathering, Painting

Gina Werfel

Gathering, 2019
30 x 40 inch
Painting

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Gina Werfel, Intrigue, Painting

Gina Werfel

Intrigue, 2015
22 x 30 inch
Painting

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Gina Werfel, Twisted, Painting

Gina Werfel

Twisted, 2015
25 x 18.9 inch
Painting

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Gina Werfel, Pink haze, Painting

Gina Werfel

Pink haze, 2015
18.2 x 13.8 inch
Painting

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Gina Werfel, Trembling Precision, Painting

Gina Werfel

Trembling Precision, 2012
30 x 22 inch
Painting

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