Gail Norfleet, “Impossible Landscape #1,” 2019, acrylic, collage, and china marker on two Lucite panels, 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 2 1/16 in. Photo courtesy of Valley House Gallery.

Plexiglass continues to be a foundational element in Gail Norfleet’s work. The clear material is the surface upon which she applies paint and collage, and its inherent transparency allows light to illuminate multiple layers. Working on the front and back, and on two panels, creates a real space. In this exhibition, Norfleet places familiar still life subjects (flowers, vases, birds) in front of brightly rendered landscapes and surreal interiors. The subjects originating from life are playfully manipulated into impossible yet compelling compositions.

“Bending toward the light, based on reality, a real and illusionistic space is painted on two transparent layers. Could the flower garden be a mirage?” —Gail Norfleet

Gail Norfleet, “Sunset on Tano Road,” 2019, acrylic, collage, china marker, and litho pencil on Lucite panel, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. Photo courtesy of Daniel Barsotti.
Gail Norfleet, “Tarot in the Garden,” 2019, acrylic, collage, and glitter on two Lucite panels, 37 x 37 x 2 in. Photo courtesy of Valley House Gallery.

Dallas artist Gail Norfleet earned her BFA at the University of Texas at Austin, and her MFA at Southern Methodist University. She has had solo exhibitions at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the former Delahunty and DW Galleries. Norfleet was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas, will open a solo exhibition of her work in March 2020.

Gail Norfleet, “Anemones and Butterfly Orchids,” 2018, acrylic and litho pencil on Lucite panel, 24 1/4 x 48 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. Photo courtesy of Daniel Barsotti.
Gail Norfleet, “Hummingbird Garden,” 2019, acrylic, collage, china marker, litho pencil, and glitter on two Lucite panels, 37 x 37 x 2 1/16 in. Photo courtesy of Valley House Gallery.

“Made in Layers” is Gail Norfleet’s fifth solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery (Dallas, TX). A catalogue from her 2016 exhibition, including an interview by Linda Ridgway, is available.

Gail Norfleet, “Mirage,” 2019, acrylic, collage, and china marker on two Lucite panels,
37 x 37 x 2 1/16 in. Photo courtesy of Valley House Gallery.
Gail Norfleet, “Interior with Flower Vases,” 2019, acrylic, collage, china marker, and litho pencil on Lucite panel, 24 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. Photo courtesy of Daniel Barsotti.

“Gail Norfleet: Made in Layers” is on view, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through December 7, 2019, at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Gail Norfleet will give an Artist Talk on Saturday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m.


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