Barbara Gaile

Barbara Gaile creates her paintings slowly, developing them over a long period of time, applying layer upon layer of paint. This is just one of the traits that prompts one to compare Gaile’s works to the formation of natural pearls in bivalve mollusk shells, which can last anywhere from a few to 20 years.

According to the artist, “I have a canvas, which I cover several times, so as to seemingly build up its relief. Let’s say, I’m bothered by the “grain” of the canvas and like it when it gets to be a kind of surface.” This explanation of the technology involved in the creation of works is also a wonderful description of the principle of the formation of pearls, which Gaile deliberately adopts in order to make the end result of the work conceptually and, at the same time, imperceptibly, closer to that which is created by nature.