bG Gallery, Ocean Park presents a solo exhibit of the latest work by artist Gay Summer Rick. “Skyways and Highways” is a series of color-rich works with a focus on air and land travel. The new series captures air flight above the horizon of the artist’s usual subject matter, iconic urban and coastal areas.
A longtime transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Gay Summer Rick’s work has been distinctive in finding beauty in the constantly developing city. Train routes, city centers, and freeways have met the artist’s touch and are reinterpreted as atmospheric energy. Recently, a new flight path above Los Angeles has diverted her gaze to the skies. Gay Summer developed a fascination with the passage of flight. This fascination led her to redirect recent air travel in order to revisit and study different airport locations.
The dynamic relationship between the two environments of airport and urban habitats and the coastline is heightened by the artist’s choice of using a palette knife instead of a brush. Her distinctive painting style creates an arresting color field in which the city’s sharp edges dissolve into the impressionistic embrace.
Gay Summer Rick creates iconic urban and coastal land and cityscape paintings that evoke emotion and a sense of place. Gay Summer’s style is a melding of impressionism and color-field painting describing the quiet vibration of life where cities meet the sea.
Applying oil paint to canvas using only palette knives, Gay Summer Rick creates images through a series of interacting, carved, scraped, and sculpted layers. In part to avoid material waste and the use of toxic solvents for reasons of environmentalism, she finds this mnemonic accrual of paint a reflection of her experiences in the places she depicts.
Growing up in New York surrounded by artists, Gay Summer Rick received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University. She received a Masters degree at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. A resident of Southern California for over 25 years, the artist maintains her studio in Malibu.
Gay Summer Rick regularly exhibits in California, Hawaii, and in international and national group exhibitions where she has received numerous awards and honors. Her paintings are held in corporate and private collections around the world.