Gail Boyajian is best known for her stunning paintings of skies filled with birds, cell-towers, art history greats, Sienese angels, and people she knows. The details are exquisitely rendered--nothing goes unpainted, and the result is a vivid, balanced, and wild work of art. But lately, Gail has started trying something new. And that something is sculpture. Namely, casting bronze horses (more after the jump).
I stopped by her studio the other day to check out the horses, and was stunned by the animals made out of Sculpey clay and painted blue. I couldn't stop staring at the mid-movement, proudly poised, or resting creatures. They have a rhythm, lined up the way they are. The bronzes weren't back from the foundry yet, but I can't wait to see them once they are. Truly beautiful things. Her drawings and paintings are exquisite as well, and each corner of her studio holds surprises like old photographs and little sketches on cut up milk bottles.
Gail also happens to be one of the kindest, loveliest people I know--spending a few hours with her in studio was so much fun, and inspired me to go home and draw all evening. Here are the photos I took of Gail's fabulous Somerville studio (in the same building as Albertine Press, on whom I did a story for Boston Mag).
A painting Gail and her husband, the artist Gerry Bergstein, did together.