Mourning Morning
Mourning Morning

30in x 24in, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 2008, private collection Limited Edition Available, on Hahnemühle German Etching paper and signed by the artist. Each piece is 28in x 22in. $725 or $1150 framed with a portion of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels.

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Two M's,Two LL's
Two M's,Two LL's

36x36in $3900 framed, 2018

Someone Has To Carry Someone
Someone Has To Carry Someone

36x36in $3900 framed, 2018

Mirror
Mirror

36x36in $3900 framed, 2018

Dollar, Silver
Dollar, Silver

36x36in $3900 framed, 2018

Texas Contemporary, 2018
Texas Contemporary, 2018
"Blue Shoes Series 1"
"Blue Shoes Series 1"

12in x 12in acrylic on canvas, framed in birch $1400 sold

"Blue Shoes Series 2"
"Blue Shoes Series 2"

12in x 12in acrylic on canvas, framed in birch $1400 sold

"Blue Shoes Series 3"
"Blue Shoes Series 3"

12in x 12in acrylic on canvas, framed in birch $1400 sold

"Blue Shoes Series 4"
"Blue Shoes Series 4"

12in x 12in acrylic on canvas, framed in birch $1400

The Damn Tea
The Damn Tea

30x30in acrylic on canvas sold

Slow Motion Is A
Slow Motion Is A

Better Form Of Communication 48x48in $6600 framed

Nobodyis.
Nobodyis.

Praying but We Are All Prepared to Sing 48x48in $6600 framed

The Expensive Sheets
The Expensive Sheets

30x40in acrylic on canvas $3200

Champagne Country
Champagne Country

30x40in $3500 framed

The Restless Squid
The Restless Squid

48x60in acrylic on canvas $7400

Battleplan
Battleplan

36x36in acrylic on canvas framed sold

The Empty Breakfast
The Empty Breakfast

36x36in acrylic on canvas $3400

Beauquet
Beauquet

48x48in Acrylic on canvas $6200

2017
2017
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GRETCHEN GAMMELL

STATEMENT

 

A couple decades of painting behind me and these days I find I know less about the work I make than my younger self claimed. She was so young, it was just too soon to tell.

 

I have been illustrating my life for as long as I can remember. Consistently I trust the term narrative to describe the context of my paintings. And while I often play lead role as I catalogue my own history, like every main character I can not predict where this is all headed, nor can I see the broader storyline as I navigate it in real time.

 

What interests me is not what the work is about, but how it got there to begin with. While I do so love that ease of tension in the back of my throat when I bring a piece to completion, that’s simply because I like to tidy things up along the way. The real power of painting for me is in the physical labor of narrowing down my ever-changing perspective into what ultimately becomes a flat, smooth, simplistic two-dimensional story. 

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, my paintings are the novel I’m still writing. And let me tell you, it is at least 1500 pages, heavy in footnotes, part two of a trilogy, prequel on record, sequel yet to come, and most definitely starts with this dedication: Hey mom, thank you for telling my kindergarten teacher to stop tearing up my drawings just because I wasn’t following directions.

 

BIO

 

Gretchen Gammell’s contribution as an artist is not limited to her ability to move paint. Her capacity to portray an emotion as both storyteller and painter are omnipresent. As you move through her work one cannot help but to note the use of color as an indication of mood, and size and scale as indications of emotional weight. Her characters often seem stoic but always have intense purpose and her tremendous ability as a painter serves that purpose.

Gammell graduated with a degree in painting from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2003. She has exhibited her watercolor and figurative paintings for the past ten years in Oregon, California, Washington and Vancouver B.C. Her work remains rooted in exploring the female form and mind, while balancing personal issues with the pleasure and intrigue she finds through the unusual color and mark-making of her abstract paintings. Her work can be found in several private collections and notable public collections including the Max Hotel in Seattle and Bellevue Towers in Bellevue, Washington.

 

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