Geraldine Neuwirth

It's a tremendous passion, an energy, art is like breathing to me, said Geraldine Neuwirth at the opening of her works being displayed at French 50's 60's on Abbot Kinney blvd. in Venice on Friday April 3rd. It's an unique exhibit and art sale of recent works created by Neuwirth.

The opening drew a crowd with wines and h'orderves to keep the guest going as they mingled with each other and chatted with the artist about the works. The exhibit displays two bodies of work: The abstract art is her more recent work and her figurative pieces are from the 90's.

Neuwirth is a figurative painter and abstractionist. She builds three-dimensional mixed media reliefs with vibrant colors. An oil on canvas wall relief named "Happening #1" has so much to the eye that you never get bored. With the use of color and it being three-dimensional it forces the viewer think bringing out a tale.

A mixed media collage called "Rock-a-Bye" is Neuwirth's favorite piece in the exhibit. "The balance of energy, the freedom it has is so loose but within an contained form" said Neuwirth. "Process in motion and listening to an inner language as it forms is the basis of my work. The relationship between rambling lines and contained shapes break out into a state of chaos before the image starts to form."

Neuwirth has been doing figurative for over ten years and abstract for over twenty years. She has been a full time artist for over thirty years now. She studied at Otis and was mentored by American artist Martin Lubner for seven years. Neuwirth said she is continuing her "exploration of the internal world" within the figure to an "internal language of abstraction".

The exhibit of paintings and mixed-media are on display for the month of April in French 50's 60's at 1427 Abbot Kinney blvd in Venice.