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Gail Kolflat
Little Silver, NJ

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38" x 48"

"As an artist I find it compelling to create compositions of human society. I'm a painter, and my work consists of singular or multi-panel assemblages, executed with a broad use of color. A spontaneous abstract footprint is in every work, intertwined with figurative representations. Observing and delving into the interplay of shapes, textures and colors was what drew me into the visual arts. I focus on groupings of people - who they are, where they are, why they are there, the ambiance surrounding them collectively as well as individually. Tapestries, textiles, art nouveau, modern abstract painting, impressionism, the human condition and numerous venues in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City continue to serve as inspiration for my work."

Born in the Midwest, and raised in Winnetka, Illinois, Gail Kolflat moved to New York City in 1976, where she earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design and worked in the fashion industry. Her artistic career blossomed in the 1980s after developing a signature style of large-scale colorful canvases that melded abstract and representational principles. Through the next decade, she exhibited frequently, gave artist talks and demonstrations, wrote a column for the county art council's bimonthly newspaper, and maintained a robust studio practice.

At the turn of the century, Kolflat took a 15-year break from art while raising her two, now adult, daughters. In 2013, an invitation from a local university to exhibit in their new two-story art gallery sparked a complete revival in the artist's practice. Since then, she has produced a new body of work, a renewal of earlier work but evolved - encompassing new themes, modified techniques, and a distinct, mature sensibility. Her recent works portray a bold use of space and color, with themes of social commentary.


Ms. Kolflat is currently showing her work in the following exhibition:

The Observer: Gail Kolflatt
The Watchung Arts Center
June 5 - June 29
Watching, NJ

Her work is also being shown in the Trenton City Museum's Ellarslie Open. She has pieces featured at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, the Monmouth County Fair in Freehold, and the Seven President's Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.