Gwen Gunter’s art practice spans representational portraiture and landscapes as well as the geometric minimalism of her current work. Moving to abstraction from objective painting, shapes emerged that brought with them an unexpected vocabulary and meaning. Originally two shapes in opposition, informed by carefully selected color, these shapes have become the impetus of her painting practice. The work continues to evolve as line becomes an increasingly important element in the dialogue making her work less flat and more dimensional.
A curved shape meets a rectilinear shape meets a solid line, and in the confluence an energy is released that informs and drives the painting. The shapes appear intuitively and may layer, merge, coalesce or repel one another as they settle in relationship on the surface of the painting. Her painting process is both mystical and deliberate and has become meditative in its execution.
Gunter’s career encompasses both fine and commercial arts. A graphic artist, illustrator, photographer and successful entrepreneur, she created a line of functional art items for the home decor, gift and apparel industries.
Today Gunter is a full-time painter based near Atlanta, Georgia. She works in acrylic on wood, paper and canvas, most often in series of a dozen or more paintings per collection.
Gunter earned a B.A. from Columbia College with further study at the Atlanta College of Art and Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta).
Partial Selection Group Shows
2020 - Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Decatur, GA
Jurors: Jerushia Graham, Lauri Jones, Kevin Shipp
2020 - Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, Cambridge, MA
Sharon Butler, Juror
2020 - CreateHer, Kai Lin Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2020 - Art Papers Invitational Auction , Atlanta, GA
2019 -"Escape Ism" The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY.
Katharine Dufault , Curator
2019 - "Loss Redemption and Grace" EBD4 Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Jerry Cullum and Teresa Bramlette Reeves, jurors
2019 -"the New South 4" Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA
Lisa Hart, Todd Anderson, Jurors
2019 - Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, La.
June Feature with Lindsey J. Porter
2019 -22nd International Open - Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Dolores Mercado, Juror
2019 - "Yellow" Athens Institute for contemporary Art, Athens, GA
Kevin Sipp, Juror
2019 - "Geometry" Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Phyllis Tuchman, Juror
2019 - "Show Your Paper" , Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Kathryn Markel, Juror
2019 - "Arts Thrive 2019" Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2018 - "The New South III" Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Justin Rabideau, Larry Jens Anderson, jurors
2018 - 27th Annual Juried Competition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY.
Karen Wilkin, juror (upcoming)
2018 - 31st September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
William U. Eiland, Dir. Georgia Museum of Art, juror (upcoming)
2018 - ARC Gallery SF - "Dream" National Juried Exhibition , San Francisco, CA,
James Bacchi, juror
2018 - Georgia Artists - Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
Michi Meko, Laura Bell, Laura Hathaway jurors
2018 - Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists, Taos, NM
Greg Moon Art, DAFA, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
2018 - Site: Brooklyn Gallery , Black & White, International Juried Exhibition -
Brooklyn, NY - Rosario Guiraldes, juror
2018 - LaGrange Southeast Regional - David Houston, juror
LaGrange Museum, LaGrange, GA
2017 - Little Things, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Marianne Lambert, curator
2017 - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition , Brooklyn, NY
Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art, juror
2017 - 9th National Juried Exhibition - Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
Stuart Shils, juror
2017 - Gathered -MOCA GA
Atlanta, GA - Masud Olufani, Rocio Rodriguez and Jerry Siegel, jurors
2017 - Callanwolde Gallery 2017 Juried Art Exhibition
Atlanta, GA - Susan Bridges, juror
2016 - Rocky Mountain National Water Media Show
Golden, Colorado - Katherine Chang Liu, juror
2016 - Anne Irwin Fine Art Emerging Artists, Atlanta, GA
2016 - LaGrange Southeast Regional - Deanna Sirlin, juror
LaGrange Museum, LaGrange, GA
2015 - "Eye Level" Atlanta Critique Group
Mable House Art Center, Atlanta
2015 - "Layers" Womens Caucus for the Arts of Georgia
Perimeter College, Atlanta