About this Artwork
This painting is from a series of large paintings based upon dolls that Werfel had found in the house where she grew up.
She liked their Rubenesque fleshy figures and used them to begin to recreate the intersections of figures in old master figure paintings such as Tintoretto, Titian and Pozzo.
At a certain point in the process, Werfel turned the painting so as to abstract the figures and create an all over rhythm.
The identity of figures gets subsumed by the energy of the paint marks.
About the Artist
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.