About Denise Gale’s Paintings

Denise Gale shares some thoughts about her paintings and includes a brief bio.


“My paintings are very personal. I lay down swathes of oil paint on the surface. I like to create a tension and chaos, and then by laying color and editing passages of the existing layer I try to make some sense out the picture. The question for me is where to edit and where to add. I am always excited to create a painting that has discord. That is arrived at with gesture and color. All the things in life that cannot be explained, the abstract and the ephemeral, are what interest me.”

—Denise Gale

DENISE GALE grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She studied art at California State College at Northridge. After graduation, Gale moved to a loft in downtown Pasadena where there was a vital art scene in the early 1970’s. She had three solo shows at Newspace Gallery and The Janus Gallery. She has been included in exhibitions in San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati. Gale moved to New York City in 1980, where she had solo exhibitions at The Painting Center and 55 Mercer. Gale now lives in Springs, Long Island. She has exhibited in group shows at The Surface Library and Ille Arts in Amagansett NY and will have a solo show at Ille Arts in October 2014. The artist has worked professionally for 40 years.