Cover | Gail Ragains
Friends (acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48). Gail Ragains compares her style of painting to the improvisations of a jazz musician. She begins each painting with a strong foundation of color, and abstracts it in subsequent layers of paint. She considers herself an extremely physical and expressive painter. "The more I can move and dance around the canvas, the more connected I am to the painting," she says. Her use of bold, gestural brushstrokes and colors puts her work in line with the history of Abstract Expressionism, yet her depiction of the human body evokes the style and subject of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. The artist lives and works out of Redwood City. She has exhibited her work in multiple solo shows throughout the Bay Area and group shows in California, Boston, and Canada. In 2012, San Francisco Magazine featured her as one of the "Eight Artists to Watch." Ragains is represented by SLATE contemporary (473 25th St., Uptown Oakland). Open Thursday through Saturday, noon–5pm, and by appointment. Learn more at www.SlateArt.net and www.GailRagains.com.
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