Gail Roberts | Color Field
Artist Talk: October 16 at 11 AM
Quint Gallery is pleased to present an installation of new paintings by San Diego-based artist Gail Roberts. Created over the past four years, Color Field includes 128 equally scaled paintings of flowers, weeds, and native plants in Roberts’ garden surrounding her studio. Color Field refers to gradients found in nature which Roberts has ordered and classified by hue for the installation. The exhibition will open to the public on September 8 and will continue through November 6, 2021. There will be a reception on September 11 from 6-8 PM and an artist talk on October 16 at 11 AM.
By engaging with nature’s tension between order and chaos, Roberts’ paintings illustrate the significance of protecting nature’s intricacy and biodiversity as accelerated erosion and the climate crisis threaten the future health and survival of our planet. In these paintings, each blossom, whether large or small, widely popular or undervalued, drought-tolerant or water guzzlers, indigenous or alien, invasive or fragile, edible or toxic, is given an equal role in a so-called ‘documentary on democracy’, granting grandeur to the subtlety of the underrepresented and less noticeable flowers. This is Roberts’ largest body of work to date.
Gail Roberts’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Tijuana and Ensenada; Galeria Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica; Musee Rochefort-en-terre, Brittany, France; Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Ballycastle, Ireland; Carnegie Museum, Oxnard, CA; Oceanside Museum of Art, CA; Riverside Museum, CA; Fresno Metropolitan Museum, CA; California Center for the Arts Museum, and Madison Art Center, WI. Her work is included in permanent collections at the Oakland Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. Roberts has received various awards including the San Diego Art Prize, California Arts Council Fellowship and residency fellowships in France, Costa Rica and Ireland. She has completed public art commissions at the Chicago Public Library, Lux Art Institute, San Diego International Airport, Gibbs Cancer and Research Center and the Bearden-Josey Center, South Carolina. Gail Roberts received her BFA and MA at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is a Professor of Art Emerita at San Diego State University.