About Gini

ginismirkThe painting concepts I’m working with now come from my passion for rendering the human figure, my continuing love affair with light and shadow, my love of storytelling, and the desire of the formalist in me to see how little visual data I can provide while still telling an interesting story.

One of the things I look for conceptually is ambiguity. I like setting up a scene and letting the viewer script it. That comes from my old advertising days – let the consumer enter the advertisement and add something to it in order to engage them and keep their attention longer. I think the idea works for paintings too.

Technically I am always searching for that elusive brushwork quality – enough detail to let me play with skin tone, color, and shape, but not so much that the brushwork is lost. I’m a painter. I love paint. I love the squishiness and fluidity of it, the push and pull of it, the sensuousness of a single stroke which renders something complete. I don’t want to hide the paint, I want to celebrate it.

BIOGRAPHY

Gini Lawson studied drawing and painting at Ohio State University, but has considered herself an artist since the age of ten, when she took lessons at family friend and Cincinnati-renowned portrait artist William Gebhardt’s art school; in exchange for her lessons, Gini’s father did the school’s bookkeeping.

After college Gini moved to Seattle, and the reality of paying the bills set in. Jobs in graphic design, marketing, and advertising followed, as did marriage and a family.  In 2002 Gini was finally able to return to painting full time, and after several trips to Maui with her husband, Gini decided that Hawaii — specifically Maui — provided the inspiration she needed to continue in her painting of people, light and shadow, and the beach scenes that appear in her most recent work.

Her paintings have been featured in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States, including the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, and her work is in public and private collections including those of Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Women Beyond Borders International Invitational Touring Collection. Gini has also gained recognition for her commissioned portraiture.

Gini teaches oil painting to adult painters, most recently at Pratt Fine Art Center, the Women’s University Club, and in her own studio. She has also produced and conducted painting workshops in France, Spain, and the desert of New Mexico and is planning an upcoming workshop on Maui.

She works out of her studio in Kihei.

RESUME

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*Solo Shows)
2014 Art Maui, Annual Juried eXhibition at the Schaefer International Gallery
2011 Art Takes Miami Juried Exhibition
2011 EAFA Open Juried Exhibition, Seattle, Washington
2010 West Seattle Art Walk, Seattle, Washington
2009 All Media Juried Show, Chase Gallery, Spokane Arts Commission, Spokane, Washington
2008 Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, Washington
2007 Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2007 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
2007 * “American Icons,” Bella Perla Gallery Portland, Oregon
2007 “Bloodlines. Family: In Practice and In Name,” Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, Georgia
2006 Women Beyond Borders International Invitational Exhibit “Art Expressing Life,” Seattle, Washington
2006 Women BeyondBorders International Invitational Exhibit “Art Expressing Life,” Palo Alto, California
2005 JT Fringe Festival, Carbon County Cultural Project, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
2005 Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, Texas
2005 Mt. Scott Arts Center, Portland, Oregon
2005 Projekt30
2005 The American Juried Art Salon
2005 Auto Gallery of Seattle two-person exhibition, Seattle, WA
2004 WingNut Galleries “Faces and Figures” two-person exhibition, Seattle, WA
2004 Magnolia Restaurant in-store Exhibition
1996 Baker’s Beach in-store Exhibition
1996 Starbucks Flagship Store Exhibition, Seattle, Washington
1995 Kent Art Gallery, Kent, Washington
1994 Juried Exhibit, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, Oregon
1994 Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1994 Issaquah Gallery, Issaquah, Washington

AWARDS AND HONORS

FIRST PLACE PURCHASE AWARD 2007 “Expressions West” Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR Juror: Amy Pence-Brown, Associate Curator of Art, Boise Art Museum
JURORS’ TOP PICK 2007 Greenwood/Phinney ArtWalk Jurors: Deborah Paine, Curator and collections manager, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Phen Huang, Director, Foster/White Gallery, Margie Livingston, Visual artist and instructor, Gage Academy of Art
BEST OF SHOW 2007 “Bloodlines. Family: In Practice and In Name,” Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA
SECOND PRIZE 2005 JT Fringe Festival, Carbon County Cultural Project, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Southwestern Oregon Community College
Women Beyond Borders International Invitational Exhibit Touring Collection

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

John Atanasio, Maui, Hawaii
David McShea and Sophia Eitel, Seattle, Washington
Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Phil Herring and Kim McCall, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Jamie Stone and Dennis Globus, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. Terrence Bell, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. James Mockler, Helena, Montana
Elaine Tajima, Palo Alto, California
Richard Mockler, Seattle, Washington
Michael Lawson, Seattle, Washington
Mrs. Robert Turnauer, Seattle, Washington
Bryan Hathaway, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. Dow Dunbar, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. Michael Walser, Seattle, Washington
Margaret Parkinson, Seattle, Washington
Laurie Blau-Marshall, Seattle, Washington
Rosalyn Gerstein, Kirkland, Washington
Karla Spormann, Oakland, California
Colleen Lawson, Langley, Washington
John Nettleton, Seattle, Washington
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilburn, Bellevue, Washington
Lani and Joel Walker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mr. and Mrs. Ahmad Mohammadian, Seattle, Washington

COMMISSIONS

Women Beyond Borders International Invitational Exhibit, Palo Alto, California, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. Michael Walser, Seattle, Washington
Bryan Hathaway, Seattle, Washington
Jamie Stone, Seattle, Washington
Mr. And Mrs. Dow Dunbar, Seattle, Washington
John Nettleton, Seattle, Washington
Mr. and Mrs. Ahmad Mohammadian, Seattle, Washington
Mary Ann Gobat, Federal Way, Washington
Janice Daines, Wenatchee, Washington
Lani and Joel Walker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

BIBLIOGRAPHY (*Reviews)

Art Takes Miami Catalog 2011, Scope Art Fairs
* Chip Dombrowski The World May 7, 2007
Elementary Series, Art Education, Davis Publishing 2007
The Plaintiffs “To Helen, A Handbasket” CD cover art 2005

EDUCATION

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, College of Fine Art
Drawing and Painting