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Gail Gurman

About The Artist

Artist Statement

2020 forced me to redefine my vision of myself as an artist.
At the beginning of the Covid lockdown I lost the ability to paint. Oil painting is a physically demanding medium. Long hours of standing at my easel became too painful for me to tolerate. One day, while ruminating in my studio I heard a podcast about David Hockney. The commentator talked about Hockney’s quote that “oriental art never deals with shadow.” I thought about his observation a long time. These simple words exploded in my head. I had studied Chinese brush painting for several years some time ago, when I lived on the East Coast. I could apply all those skills but transform my images using my knowledge of form, space and shadow to an aqueous medium.I would use Asian brush working techniques while applying the aesthetic of someone who had studied Western European layered painting. Sumi ink does not require the hour long set up and clean up that is required of oils. I would be able to work for shorter periods of time and take frequent breaks. I ordered a fresh bottle of sum ink and my new work began.


RESUME Education 1972 George Washington University – B.F.A Painting 1990-1999 Corcoran College of Art & Design – Figure Drawing, Painting, & Osteology Selected Juried Exhibitions 2022 Salmagundi Club “Drawings and Prints” NYC 2022 SFWA “Fresh Perspective” San Francisco, CA 2022 Salmagundi Club “Black and White” NYC 2021 SFWA “Verdant” San Francisco, CA 2021ArtSpan Juried Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA 2021 SFWA “Scapes, City Land and Sea” San Francisco, CA 2020 Salmagundi Club “Annual Members Exhibition” 2019 O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Bay Area Women Artists” CA 2019 Yellowstone Art Museum “North by Northwest” MT 2019 SFWA “Celebrating Bay Area Culture” San Francisco, CA 2019 SFWA “Celebrating Women” San Francisco, CA 2019 Salmagundi Club “Figuratively Speaking” NYC 2019 Salmagundi Club “Black and White” NYC 2019 Rice Gallery “National Portraits& Figures” KS 2019 Royal Nebeker Gallery “Au Naturel” Astoria, OR 2018 Salmagundi Club “Centennial Exhibition” NYC 2018 Las Lagunas Gallery “Expressions” Laguna Beach, CA 2018 Salmagundi Club “Black and White” NYC 2017 Salmagundi Club “Thumb Box Exhibition” NYC 2014 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 2014 Salmagundi Club Annual Members Exhibition, New York 2011 Salmagundi Club Annual Members Exhibition, NYC 2011 “Man as Object-Reversing the Gaze,” Women’s Caucus Art, San Francisco, California 2010 Salmagundi Club Annual Members Exhibition, NYC 2010 Rive Gauche Art Galleries, Solo Exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona Selected Awards 2022 First Prize, Marin Society of Artists 2021 SFWA “Verdant” Juror’s Choice 2019 SFOS Top Five List Jurors’ Pick, San Francisco 2019 Don Donaldson Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club Black and White Exhibit, NYC

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Oil Paint, Watercolor, Drawing, Mixed Media

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