My paintings are very personal. I lay down swathes of oil paint on the surface. I like to create a tension and chaos, and then by laying color and editing passages of the existing layer, I try to make some sense out the picture. The question for me is where to edit and where to add. I am always excited to create a painting that has discord. That is arrived at with gesture and color. All the things in life that cannot be explained, the abstract and the ephemeral, are what interest me.
about the artist
Denise Gale grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She studied art at California State College at Northridge. After graduation, Gale moved to downtown Pasadena where there was a vital art scene in the early seventies, then to New York City in 1980. She now lives in Springs, Long Island.
Gale has exhibited throughout the country. Solo exhibits include: Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY; the Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; the Penine Hart Gallery and the Painting Center, New York, NY; Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; and the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA., among others.