Denise Gale shows paintings and works on paper.
Evident decisions count in abstract painting, or at least they should be. But they’re tricky and dangerous for good painters. Lesser painters either let the “process” govern everything - this stain or drip or splotch just “happens” to fall where it does - or they think up a system or a series of algorithms that relieve the artist of the nasty decision-making. Denise Gale - a really good painter and then some - isn’t afraid of decisions. She cuts that deliciously awkward curlicue through a wide skein of orange or black or lime green or pink with a risky incisiveness that could make or break the whole painting. (They always make it, or she starts semi-over and fights with the painting until it works). It helps a lot, of course, to have the uncannily indelicate sense of touch, color, paint surface and interior scale that Gale also has. All these qualities together enable Denise Gale's paintings to pack a lovely punch.
—Peter Plagens, 2014