Gillian Theobald
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When You Were There You Knew The Language:
October 13th – November 18th, 2017
Glue: Group show with Brian Cypher, Damien Hoar de Galvan, Warren Dykeman, John Rizzotto, Curtis Steiner, Heather Wilcoxon
September 9th – October 15th 2016
Group show with Warren Dykeman, Robert Hardgrave, Brian Cypher, Carole d’Inerno, Brian Beck, Heather Wilcoxon, Helen O’Leary
May 7th – June 4th 2016

For her first solo exhibit at studio e, following several group shows with the gallery, Seattle painter Gillian Theobald exhibited paintings, drawings, and bas relief collages.

The paintings came from a new body of work developed over the last few years, using the language of landscape painting in the context of abstraction; building a meditative, slow space using families of color playing off each other, in something of a call and response. The series is called Fictive Space, because of the abstract process.

The collages made from found packaging & acrylic manipulated into a shallow bas relief space, are a return to a medium she used extensively in the 70s & 80s. The history inherent in these repurposed elements adds to their intrigue. In both the paintings & collages the strength of Theobald's use of color is apparent.

The drawings are plein aire in graphite from nature, some in large format. Theobald has throughout her career pursued more than one body of work, contemporaneously; as she finds they co-inform each other. The drawings are a means of exploring literal non fictive space.

Theobald was a finalist for the 2017 Neddy award, and was included in the west coast edition of New American Paintings, 2016. She has shown widely in the Northwest, throughout the United States, and in Europe for many years.  Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Rose Museum, Brandeis University; Gallery Akmak, Berlin; Rocket Gallery, London; Blum Helman Gallery, NY; Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado at Denver; the Fitchburg Museum, MA.