Gay Summer Rick
By: Gracee Arthur
I first encountered Gay Summer Rick’s Work at Malibu Gallery and Framing at 22625 Pacific Coast Highway which I wrote about last year. Malibu Gallery displays works by many Malibu artists and the photos I shared on my blog where those of Gay Summer Rick which caught my eye. Gay and I have stayed in contact since that time and I have become an even greater fan of her work:
Gay Summer Rick is a contemporary impressionist painter whose landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes are created by layering oil paint on canvas using palette knives rather than brushes to apply paint to canvas. She ‘builds’ her works applying new colors as multiple layers begin to dry. Unexpected vibration in light, color and texture are revealed within her images.
She is inspired by the beauty in atmosphere, earth, air and water. Her work reflects her adventures in California, across the Southwestern United States, in New York City, and life in her Malibu neighborhood.
Growing up in New York surrounded by artists, Gay Summer Rick began her arts education at an early age. She formally studied art and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where she painted and sculpted images on clay forms and vessels. After receiving a Masters degree in Marketing and International Business, she continued her art training in California in painting and printmaking. It was in Los Angeles that she ‘found her voice’ as a contemporary impressionist palette knife painter.
Gay exhibits her work at Bleicher/Golightly Gallery in Santa Monica, California, Malibu Gallery in Malibu, California, and Bleicher La Brea in Los Angeles. Her paintings have been in the Art Rental and Sales Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and appear regularly in national and regional juried exhibitions where she has received awards and honors. She is an Associate Artist with the notable California Art Club and Oil Painters of America, and an artist member of the Malibu Art Association. Gay’s paintings are in many private collections in the US and Europe.
In addition to the Malibu Gallery, Gay’s work is currently displayed at the Bleicher/Golightly Gallery at 1431 Ocean avenue from December 12th 2011 through January 7, 2012. There is a reception this evening December 15th from 6 PM to 10 PM at the BG Gallery. www.bgartdealings.com 310-878-2784.
Malibu Gallery www.malibugallery.com