Gail Chase Bien paints thinly layered oil on linen over extended periods (from months to years) to complete a single work of art. Taking cues from nature's extraordinary visual offerings - specifically, the play of light as it touches upon water and earth - her nature-inspired works bridge realism and abstraction, and they convey a thin veneer of the of human spirit. Complex, rich, and slow in the making, the paintings, with their serene simplicity, are intended to be viewed and enjoyed over time.

Born:

Lowell, Massachusetts

Education

M.F.A. With High Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

B.F.A. With Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 “Recent Works”, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.

2012 "Tidal" Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, Calif.

2008 "Radiance and Ash" I Wolk Gallery St. Helena, Calif.

2006  “Recent Works”  I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena , Calif.                 

2004  Gail Chase-Bien (with Robilee Frederick) “Parallel Convergence”, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, California

2003  Gail Chase-Bien, I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, California

2000 Recent Works, Caplan Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1994  Gail Chase-Bien, Private Terrain, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1992  Gail Chase-Bien, Recent Paintings, San Marco Gallery, Dominican College, San RafaeCalifornia

1992  Gail Chase-Bien, The Goya Series, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1989   Gail Chase-Bien, Paintings and Works on Paper, Brockton Art Museum/Fuller Memorial, Brockton, Massachusetts

1989  Gail Chase-Bien, The Arnolfini Series,  Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1987   Gail Chase-Bien, “Recent Works”, Susan Cummins Gallery. Mill Valley, California

1986   Gail Chase-Bien, “Recent Works”, Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, California

1985   Gail Chase-Bien, Pastels, Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, California

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 “ Luster”, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, Ca

2006 Gail Chase-Bien, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, California

2004  “Good Vibrations from California”, Gwenda Jay-Addington Gallery, July 9-August 28, Chicago, Illinois

2004  “Terra Infirma: Hope for a World in Crisis”, Napa Valley Museum, Jan. 24 – April 18

2003  “Flag: Interpreting an American Icon,” February 1 – April 7, Napa Valley Museum, Napa, California

1999  California College of Arts and Crafts, Alumni Exhibition, CCAC Gallery, San Francisco, California

1997  “Mary,” 9 California Contemporary Artists, March 15 - April 27, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California

1996  “California Grandeur and Genre,” Bedford Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts,

 Walnut Creek, California

1994  “California Landscape”, Hewlett Packard Corporation, San Mateo, California

1993   “Gallery Group”, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1993  “Contemporary Realism”, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California

1993  “Women and Bronze”, Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, California

1992  “The Spirit Within”, Mumm Winery, Napa Valley Gallery, Rutherford, California

1992  “California Landscape”, The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

1992  “Sacred Spaces: Women and the Land”, Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville,

 

Florida

1992 “A Day in the Country”, Ira Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, California

1990 “The Annual 111th Exhibition,” San Francisco Art Institute, SanFrancisco,California

1990 “Face to Face”, St. Supery Winery Gallery, Rutherford, California

1990 “Sacred Landscape”, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1990 “Five Northern California Artists: Five Southern California Artists”, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California

1989 The Iconic Image”, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1988 Mythic Figure/Historic Figure”, Gallery NAGA, Boston, Massachusetts

1988 Sacred Landscape”, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California

1987 Open Show”, Marin Arts League, Ross, California

1987 Open Show”, Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, California, Best of Show

 

Award

1986 “Bay Area Scene II”, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

1986 “Annual Show”, San Mateo County Arts Council, Belmont, California

1985 “The Human Figure”, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California

1985  “Gail Chase-Bien”, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, California

Collections  

Hughes Corporation, Los Angeles, California

Shearson-Lehman, New York, New York

Hancock Rothert and Bunshoft, San Francisco, California

Renee di Rosa, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California

Art Work International, Sultan of Brunei Ballroom, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

Carneros-Alambic, Remy Martin Winery, Napa, California

Mustard’s Restaurant, Yountville, California

Lee and Becky Hudson, Private Collection, Napa, California

Richard Grosbard, Private Collection, New York, New York

 

Bibliography

“Napa Museum Unravels How Artists See Old Glory”, , February 1, 2002

“Dynamic Artists Explore Spirit in New Exhibition”, , November 11, 1993

“Narratives”, Terri Cohen, June 1993

“Gail Chase-Bien Interview”, , November 1992

“Artistic Harmony”, , Arts and Leisure, Pat Stanley, Sunday, November 8, 1992

“Face to Face Juxtaposes Differing Style Artists, , November 10, 1992

“Arts”, , Roberta Floden, May 1989

“Brockton Museum Exhibit Looks to Past and to Future”, , Robert Taylor, Sunday, February 26, 1989, p. 88

“Mythic Figure/Historic Figure”, , Peter Baldaia, January 22- April 23, 1989

“Artists with local roots featured at Brockton Art Museum”, , Michael CoutureJanuary 30, 1989, p. 16

“Brockton shows offer new look at triptych art”, Charles Giuliano, , January 1989

“ART: GAIL CHASE-BIEN”, , December 1987

“Watching the Changing Light”, , Terri Cohen, November 14, 1987

“Queen of Diamonds: The Works of Gail Chase–Bien, Michael Johnson, May 21, 1986

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