“Listen to the whispers of your imagination…"
"Art is a universal language. It transcends boundaries. It allows us to communicate, find meaning and experience the world together. At the height of the pandemic, as we were experiencing the world as one, there were thoughts and feelings I needed to express. I had no artistic training but, in May of 2020, I used a paintbrush to bring light back to a world darkened by Covid-19. Choosing to reflect upon the beauty that remained, I now want to share this truly inspirational journey with those willing to listen to the whispers of their imagination.
Every painting tells a story. My contribution is to create a painting that entices you to wonder and think what that story might be. Of course, there is a creative process that precedes this. First, I choose colors that will complement one another, or not complement one another at all, depending upon how I feel. Then, color, movement, and texture become the focus of my composition as I explore where the paint takes me. Because I am what you might refer to as a blank slate, I do not have anyone else’s style to unlearn in order to express my own. I can fearlessly lose myself in the painting. The absence of training gives me the freedom to experiment and, by doing so, create a painting that is completely my own.
It can be difficult to get past the distractions inherent in abstract art because the meaning is not as defined for the viewer as it might be in the work of classic painters. Though my work is not purely abstract, it does create a non-literal view of the world. It allows me to explore freedom of expression in an untraditional way. When the paint dries, that freedom of thought—the freedom to develop and express your own opinion—is transferred to the viewer who, instead of trying to figure out what I was thinking when I created the piece, must be willing to consider what makes that piece meaningful to them. I may never tell you the story a painting is meant to suggest, But this is because that story is yours to tell. The only limitations are your imagination and willingness to explore what is inside of you.
By translating the colors of my world into the universal language of art, I hope to inspire all people to celebrate the beauty in life. When you look at one of my paintings, I hope it creates an intrigue and value that differs from what you usually see and feel. I encourage each of you to let your imagination be the lens through which you find meaning in my work. For when you embrace being in an unfamiliar world, there is a richness and tranquility that can fill your soul. And I hope my artwork fills yours."
Gayle Printz picked up her first paintbrush in May of 2020 to reflect upon the beauty remaining in a world interrupted by the pandemic. By July, two Printz paintings were on exhibit in Europe; and, in November, her work became part of the permanent exhibit of Le Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou in France. Printz artworks have won over 1500 juried international art awards and prizes, been in countless worldwide solo, physical, and group exhibitions, and are the subject of leading global art publications. Gayle Printz has an online modern art gallery (at GaylePrintz.com) in which every painting is an award winner. A renowned World Master Artist, Gayle Printz is considered one of the most important contemporary artists of our time.
Printz’s ground-breaking style is defined by unique color choices, distinctive brushstrokes, and a palpable sense of artistic freedom. She is famous for how easily she crosses artistic genres ranging from abstract, modernistic, abstract expressionistic, abstract geometric, and post-Impressionistic to paintings reminiscent of the 19th Century Masters. Asked how she does this, Printz humbly confesses that she may be an “unintentional artistic rule-breaker.” Printz explains that, as an artist without training, she is simply unaware of the rules. “And in a world without rules, the artistic possibilities are endless.” If the immense international response is any indicator, the possibilities for her work to continue appreciating in value are also endless. Lining the walls of notable art collectors and investors around the globe, Printz paintings rank among the most sought-after art investments in the world.
There is profound universal and personal meaning in each Printz painting. But because she believes the importance of any artwork is based upon the emotion it evokes, Printz will neither define that meaning nor intrude upon your journey to find what makes a Printz painting meaningful to you. Use your imagination as the lens through which to find significance, and Printz’s uniquely recognizable paintings will create an intrigue and value unlike anything you have yet to experience. You will also find the magic for which Gayle is famous: Her paintings somehow completely change depending upon the angle of your gaze. For Gayle, this makes perfect sense: “As with life, the meaning in my work depends upon the way you look at it.”
Exploring freedom of expression in an untraditional way helped Gayle bring light back to a darkened world. Now, by giving you the uninterrupted freedom to experience life in unanticipated ways, her paintings will summon you to find meaning in a world where the whispers of your imagination can never be wrong. For Gayle believes that when you embrace the unfamiliar, there is a richness and tranquility that can fill your soul and inspire all People to celebrate the beauty in life.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist