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2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: November 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.

November 1-21, 2017

Gail Factor – A Retrospective

Gail Factor, Dune
Gail Factor, Untitled

“…And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channels open.”

— Martha Graham
(excerpt from a letter to Agnes De Mille)

For Gail Factor, painting was a means to access serenity, a calm soul.

Artists throughout history have created bodies of work in an effort to solve their personal aesthetic dilemma. Laid at the feet of Factor’s quandary is a life’s work. The unrelenting impulse to create something of beauty and personal truth that resulted in five decades of focused and committed painting; a daily offering of sorts, whereby the act itself generated luminosity and eradicated darkness.

Harmonizing rich color, tone and texture, Factor strived for pure abstraction, but as images emerged, the past often made an unwitting appearance. Memories surfaced and integrated into the visual field. With only slight reference to the tangible world, she takes the viewer along on a journey through an altered reality, the unknown. She is after a synthesis of it all. Reaching for an archetype of her life experience, in paint.

Art is to the eye, as music is to the ear.

“Any resemblance to reality is merely coincidental.”

— Gail Factor


Gail Factor, Lost Hills I
"Lost Hills I"
Gail Factor, Untitled

Gail Factor (American, 1942-2013)

Gail Factor was committed to the painting process for more than five decades. An obvious artistic interest and aptitude emerged early on leading her to attend art classes at the Chicago Art Institute at the age of five. Factor pursued ongoing academic achievements with the same enthusiasm, culminating in: a BFA from the University of Southern California magna cum laude; an awarded fellowship in Fine Arts from Yale University; and independent studies in art and architecture throughout Europe.

Over the past two decades Factor had been creating and residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During which time she attended master courses with Wolf Kahn (b. 1927, German-born American) and Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920, American) at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts.

Factor’s work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States. Most recently Gail Factor – Metamorphosis, a retrospective opened in October of 2014 with the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC) and was extended to a ten-month duration. This retrospective traveled from its debut with the Las Cruces Museum of Art - Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Pacific Grove Museum, The Museum of North Texas and the Taos Art Museum also featured selected works. As well, Factor will be featured in a coming New Acquisitions exhibition with the Long Beach Museum of Art and her work has been added to the permanent collection at the Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas.

In addition, her work is included in numerous prominent public and private collections. USC, Scottsdale Museum of Art (SMOCA) and the Long Beach Museum of Art have recently added substantial works by Ms. Factor to their permanent collections. Previous acquisitions include IBM and the Monterey Museum of Art.

Visit gail factor’s website