Gay Summer Rick

Gay Summer Rick
Gay Summer Rick

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Bio

Gay Summer Rick paints iconic urban coastal landscapes, from Los Angeles to New York City, rendered with a keen sense of place and a flair for abstraction. Sparsely populated though replete with objects and evidence of the built environment, her poetic, palimpsestic aesthetic yields scenes that are at once dreamlike and familiar, painterly, evocative, and emotionally resonant. The resplendent calm of her highway and byway sojourns claims influences from Diebenkorn to Rothko and Turner; resulting in expressive, mottled surface qualities that thwart photographic reproduction. Revealing an unexpected beauty in commonplace elements within the urban landscape, her unique style is a melding of impressionism and color-field painting describing the quiet vibration of life where the city meets the sea.

In Gay Summer’s vision, traffic, broad skies, architecture, power lines, and perhaps palm trees are silhouetted or bathed in the luminosity of clear blue white light, or set aflame inside the warmth of a blood orange glow, radiating beyond the confines of the picture plane. Though not overtly realist, Gay Summer’s observations on the dynamic of optical, environmental phenomena animate her scenes with the energy and movement of the observable world. She applies pure pigments using only palette knives, creating images through a series of interacting, melded layers. The paint is treated architectonically; it is engineered, built into layers, carved, scraped, accumulated, and almost sculpted — but never removed, never discarded. In part to avoid material waste and the use of toxic solvents for reasons of environmentalism, Gay Summer finds the almost mnemonic accrual of paint a perfect reflection of her lifetime of experiences in the places she depicts.

Growing up in New York surrounded by artists, Gay Summer Rick began her arts education early in life. She went on to formally study art and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, where she drew, painted and sculpted images on clay forms and vessels. After receiving a Masters degree in Business Administration, she continued her art training in Los Angeles in painting, which became the primary focus of her art practice. A resident of Southern California for over 25 years, the artist maintains her studio in Malibu.

Gay Summer Rick regularly exhibits in California and Hawaii, and has shown in Japan, Europe, and New York. Her paintings have been featured in solo gallery and institutional group exhibitions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental & Sales Gallery; and in international and national group exhibitions. Her work has received numerous awards and honors, and she is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Malibu Art Association, Malibu Artists Unite, and is listed by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. Her paintings are held in public and private collections around the world. 

 

Artist CV

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions                

2017 George Billis Gallery, “The Cityscape Show VII”, Los Angeles, California

2017 The Gallery Montecito, “Ocean”, Montecito, California

2017 ArtExpo New York, The Gallery Steiner – Vienna, Austria, Pier 94, New York City, New York

2017 Art Palm Springs, George Billis Gallery – New York, New York, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California

2017 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Water and Sky”, Santa Monica, California

2017 Loft at Liz’s, “Gay Summer Rick: Calm and Bright in the City of Angels” solo exhibition, Los Angeles, California

2017 22nd Annual Los Angeles Art Show, bG Gallery Bergamot Station-Santa Monica, California, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California

2016-17 Art Project Paia, “Love in Color”, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

2016-17 Mike Kelley Gallery, “High Five”, Venice, California

2016 Torrance Art Museum, “MAS Attack”, Torrance, California

2016 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Transported: Gay Summer Rick, Danielle Eubank, Tatiana Botton, Susie Loucks”, Santa Monica, California

2016 George Billis Gallery, “The Cityscape Show VI”, Los Angeles, California

2016 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Summer Group Exhibition”, Santa Monica, California 

2016 Naantali Spa Gallery and Forum District, Turku, “Homing Pigeon : Edition 5 : Turku”, Turku, Finland

2016 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Multiworlds”, Santa Monica, California

2016 San Diego Art Institute, “MAS 12”, San Diego, California

2016 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Grayscale Wonderland II”, Santa Monica, California

2016 21st Annual Los Angeles Art Show, bG Gallery Bergamot Station-Santa Monica, California, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California

2015-16 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Gifted”, Santa Monica, California

2015-16 Old Santa Monica Museum of Art, “Art Makes Change”, Santa Monica, California

2015  bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “City and Sea: From Broadway to Speedway”, solo exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2015  Art Project Paia, “Nature”, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

2015  bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Island Girls”, Santa Monica, California
2015  Mike Kelley Gallery, “Hot 10”, Venice, California

2015  Porch Gallery, “Water Works II”, Ojai, California

2015  Gallery Antenna, “Homing Pigeon : Edition 4 : Kyoto”, Kyoto, Japan

2015  bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Grayscale Wonderland”, Santa Monica, California 

2015  University of New England Medical College, “PAIN”, Portland, Maine

2015  20th Annual Los Angeles Art Show, bG Gallery Bergamot Station-Santa Monica, California, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California

2015  bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “144”, Santa Monica, California

2014-15 Art Project Paia, “I Love Maui!”, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

2014  bG Gallery Bergamot Station, “Beasts and Trees, Cities and Seas” 2-person exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2014  Torrance Art Museum, “MAS Attack”, Torrance, California

2014  bG Gallery – Bergamot Station, “Three-Winged Chrysalis”, Santa Monica, California

2014  Schomburg Gallery, “Poetry in Colors”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2014  Gallery at LRC, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, “PAIN”, Los Angeles, California

2014  bG Gallery – Bergamot Station, “Spectrum-Gestalt”, Santa Monica, California

2014  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman) – Ocean Avenue, “Orgone Accumulators”, Santa Monica California

2014  19th Annual Los Angeles Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California

2013-2014  Art Project Paia, “SURF’S UP!”, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

2013-2014  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman), “From Big Things, Little Things Grow”, Santa Monica, California

2013  Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station, “Winter Spirit”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2013  Broadway Art Space, “Women Make The World Go Round”, Santa Monica, California

2013  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman), “Gay Summer Rick: Series in Night and Day”, Santa Monica, California

2013  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman), “Objectified II”, Santa Monica, California

2013  Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station, “Still Life and Beyond”, Malibu Art Association Juried Group Exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2013  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman), “The Art of Literature”, Santa Monica, California

2013  bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman), “Winter Tides”, Santa Monica, California

2013  Topanga Canyon Gallery, “Topanga Canyon Gallery Juried Open”, Topanga Canyon, California. Award: First Place

2012  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Play Space”, Santa Monica, California

2012  Bleicher Gallery La Brea Anniversary Exhibition, Los Angeles, California

2012  Bleicher/Gologhtly Gallery, “Gay Summer Rick: Series in Sand and Sky”, Santa Monica, California

2012  MLY Gallery, Malibu Art Association Summer Juried Exhibition, Malibu, California

2012  Bleicher Gallery La Brea, “Print x Print”, Los Angeles, California

2012  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Sound Works”, Santa Monica, California

2012  Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station, “Enchanted Spaces”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2012  MLY Gallery, “Malibu Beauty”, Malibu, California

2012  Affordable Art Fair, LA Live, Los Angeles, California

2011-2012  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Gifted”, Santa Monica, California

2011-2012  USC IGM Art Gallery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, “Soft Machine UT”, Los Angeles, California

2011  Bleicher Gallery La Brea, “Soft Machine UT”, Los Angeles, California

2011  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Impromptu”, Santa Monica, California

2011  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Gay Summer Rick: Series in Fog and Sun”, Santa Monica, California

2011  Bleicher/Golightly and Hamilton Galleries, “Animal Magnetism”, Santa Monica, California

2011  Seaside Gallery, “California Light”, Pismo Beach, California

2011  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Scapes I”, Santa Monica, California

2011  Blue 5 Gallery, “Scapes II”, Los Angeles, California

2011  Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Complex, “Artist Odyssey”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California

2011  Topanga Canyon Gallery, “2011 Juried Open”, Topanga, California

2010-2011  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, “Micro Gestalt and Burned Fingers”, Santa Monica, California

2010  Segil Fine Art, “Small Works VIII”, Monrovia, California

2010  Blinn House, “Magnificent Miniatures”, California Art Club Juried Exhibition, Pasadena, California

2010  39th Annual Malibu Arts Festival, Malibu Art Association, Malibu, California

Malibu, California
2007-2010 Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2010  Malibu Gallery, New Works, Malibu, California

2010  Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Complex, “California Landscape”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California. Award: Second Place

2009-2010 Palisades Library Gallery, Malibu Art Association Group Exhibition, Pacific Palisades, California
2009  Malibu Gallery, “New Works”, Malibu, California
2009  38th Annual Malibu Arts Festival, Malibu Art Association Exhibition, Malibu, California
2009  Malibu Lagoon Museum, Adamson House, California State Park, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Malibu, California
2008  Malibu Gallery, Group Exhibition, Malibu, California
2008  37th Annual Malibu Arts Festival, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Malibu, California
2008  Palisades Library Gallery, “The Challenge of Colors”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Pacific Palisades, California. Award: Third Place
2007  Emeritus College Gallery, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, “Light and Shadow”, Santa Monica, California. Award: Third Place
2007  Palisades Library Gallery, “Spring Colors”, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Pacific Palisades, California. Award: Honorable Mention
2007  Brentwood Art Center, Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media Group Show, Los Angeles, California
2006 – 2007 Blinn House, “Floating Waters and Coastal Vistas”, California Art Club Juried Exhibition, Pasadena, California
2006  Emeritus College Gallery, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, California. Award: Third Place
2005  Tops Gallery, Malibu, California

Galleries

bG Gallery – Bergamot Station – Santa Monica, California www.bgartdealings.com

bG Gallery –  Ocean Avenue – Santa Monica, California www.bgartdealings.com

Malibu Gallery – Malibu, California  www.malibugallery.com

Art Project Paia – Paia, Maui, Hawaii www.artprojectpaia.com

Professional Affiliations

Associate Artist – Oil Painters of America www.oilpaintersofamerica.org
Associate Artist – California Art Club www.californiaartclub.org
Artist Member – Malibu Art Association www.malibuart.org

Education

B.F.A., Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, New York
M.B.A., University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
Painting Workshops, Brentwood Art Center School of Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
Painting and Monoprint Workshops, Kline Academy of Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
Plein Air Painting Workshops

 

Press

Artweek.LA

Los Angeles Post Malibu Times

Arete

 Malibu Times

 The 7 day show

 Examiner

 Nepotism Magazine

 Malibu beach newz

 Malibu beach newz

 Kline Academy Blogspot, “The Right Tool”

 ArtSlant

Experience LA.com