Gail Siptak Animal Exhibit 2023

Artist Statement

Through the old and honorable tradition of narration, Gail Siptak conjures stories of life overseen and overheard through her whimsical gouache-layered paintings. In her ninth exhibition with koelsch gallery, Siptak continues to convert life experiences of the self and natural world into a whimsical visual narrative. As a child, Siptak aspired to become a professional entomologist. Growing up in San Fransisco and Palo Alto, California, in the 1960s and 70s, Siptak was surrounded by a multitude of water and terrain. Here, she explored the grandeur of the natural world and found her church in its actuality. Since 1964, Siptak has been painting the world around her and the experiences that come with it. During the pandemic, Siptak veered away from oil paintings and took on the restorative process of gouache paint. With handmade paper and gouache, Siptak can densely layer her opaque, chalky paint and closely imitate “body color” or “egg tempura.” Before the invention of oil paint, body color was among the most common painting mediums during the Middles Ages. It consisted of pigments and egg yolk to illuminate manuscripts. With gouache, Siptak creates rich, flat patterns and thick strokes of colors that possess a solid visual summoning. Siptak creates a clear channel between the observer and the observed with her work. “I paint what I see of the human condition – animal or object. The glimmer of humor, pathos, and spirit in what I see is the basis of what I paint.”

viewpoint

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

bitchina

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

big boy

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

elder crane

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

guinea in the garden

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

little (irritated) owl

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

shoebill crane

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

tillie on the work table

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

little owl (big feet)

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

winter squirrel

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

wet

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

brother bear

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

sitting pelican

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

blowfish

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

new life (cicada)

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

some sort of chicken

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

blue cat

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450 sold

bush bird

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

dizzy cat

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

mantis

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

jumping spider

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

little faun

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

mother eye

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

night bird

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

turkey lurkey

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

alligator

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

russet dragon

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

night dragon

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

snail

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

diamond snake

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 24"

$750 sold

big cat/ rain cat

gouache on bristol paper
24" x 18"

$550

fish spawn

gouache on bristol paper
24" x 18"

$450

green eyed goat

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

gingham rabbit

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

ferdinand

gouache on bristol paper
18" x 12"

$650

little tiger

gouache on bristol paper
17" x 12"

$650

horse

gouache paint on handmade paper
14" x 11.5"

$850 sold

piggy

gouache paint on handmade paper
10.5" x 14"

$650

red pony dream

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 18"

$550

owl

gouache paint on handmade paper
16" x 9.5"

$850

raccoon

gouache on bristol paper
18" x 12"

$750

sir hare

gouache on bristol paper
18" x 12"

$750

ollie

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450 sold

duck duck

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

lake moose

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

capybara

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

capybara in the pool

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450 sold

argyle serpents

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

three fish and anemones

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

firebird fish looking back

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

pleased toad

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

big red

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

goldfish with water bugs

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

trigger fish of the deep

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

shoehorn crane #2

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

green eyed red bird with seeds

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

big little blue bird

gouache on bristol paper
9" x 12"

$450

gator

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 12"

$450

seaborn

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

brown horse

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

exotic night stalker bird

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

small weary lion

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

muskrat love

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

little mouse

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

small frog

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

chicken in the pot

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

mixed

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

polywog

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

dandy lion

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

lavender seal

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

jay

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

pink flowers

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450

little chick

gouache on bristol paper
12" x 9"

$450