Painter Gina Wilson creates abstract paintings that allude to the playfulness of the figure. Her interest lies in the banal, to find its potential, and explore it visually, through composition and narrative. Her playful subject matter bounces and cajoles in an offbeat and distinctive way, defining form and negative space in a soft and intimate manner. Enigmatic poses and funny, faint memories are parts of the evolving process.  Here, the pieces begin to embody a narrative strength that is intuitively realized. The artist emphasizes process over concepts and expectations. The imagery is worked back upon itself until there is a mature yet primitive beauty to it. There is an intellectual depth rather than a superficial artifice to the final paintings. The ideas begin in one place, and end up in another, opening up the work to a variety of diffuse and equivocal readings.


Originally from Chicago, Gina Wilson, has had work exhibited in the Chicago Public Library, the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum in 1989 and 1991, the University of Oregon, and the Seattle Art Museum. Her work is in private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, The Tin House, Stoel Rives LLP, and Harsch Investment Corporation.