A special exhibition of paintings by Emily Weil at SLATE contemporary’s Hall Gallery.
Bay Area artist Emily Weil creates colorful large-format mixed media abstract paintings, combining acrylics and watercolors with varied materials such as charcoal, ink, pencil, and pastels. Her titles suggest exploring space and time yet being in the present. Emily’s practice trusts the process of expressive painting and is usually surprised at her results of colors, splatters, drips, and scribbles.
In Weil’s own words: “When I prep a large canvas for a painting with acrylics—or when I tack a blank sheet of Arches watercolor paper up—I welcome the nervous excitement of expressing myself with paint, charcoal, pastels, India ink, or maybe a mix of red dirt from the Berkeley hills. I do not find a large, white, gessoed canvas frightening—for me it is an opening into a part of me that needs to come out and be seen. It’s a deeply personal journey. I trust the process of expressive painting and am usually surprised at the results. I also am often frustrated and full of doubt.
“I need to paint. I need it as much as I need to breathe. I am humbled and grateful I have found myself here—to wonder where all these colors, splatters, drips and scribbles come from.”
Weil was born in Marin County and grew up in Mill Valley, CA. After living in Oregon for 15 years, she returned to the Bay Area to obtain a BFA in graphic design from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in 1989. Weil operates a freelance design business, Red Eye Design, from her floating home in Alameda, CA.