Insallation shot

Gay Gaddis

Open Green Pastures, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 48 inches

Gay Gaddis

Think of Me When You Look at the Moon, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

15 x 30 inches

Installation

Installation shot

Gay Gaddis

Do What Pleases, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 inches

Gay Gaddis

Dusk Parable, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Installation shot

Gay Gaddis

Blood Moon, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 48 inches

Gay Gaddis

Triptych Sky, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 30 inches (each)

Installation shot

Gay Gaddis

Light's Wistful Glow, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 48 inches

Gay Gaddis

December Wintry Palette 2, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 60 inches

Gay Gaddis

Dueling Pastels, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 48 inches

Installation

Installation shot

Installation shot

Gay Gaddis

Badge, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 40 inches

Gay Gaddis

Sky Sparklers, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

9 x 12 inches

Gay Gaddis

Daydream's Wish, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

10 x 10 inches

Gay Gaddis

Delivering Promise, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

8 x 10 inches

Gay Gaddis

Jeweled Kaleidoscope, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 30 inches

Gay Gaddis

Great Ball of Fire, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

12 x 24 inches

Gay Gaddis

Looking West: Winter Freeze, 2015

Acrylic on cavas

40 x 30 inches

Gay Gaddis

Daylight Waned, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

24 x 36 inches

Gay Gaddis

Tom Lea's Palette, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

14 x 18 inches

DEEP IN THE HEART: Texas Landscapes by Gay Gaddis

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

December 8, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Octavia Gallery is thrilled to present Deep In The Heart by Gay Gaddis. The exhibition is the artist’s third solo show, following two successful shows in New York City. It runs from December 8, 2017 to January 31, 2018.  

 

The paintings included in this exhibition feature stunning Texas Hill Country landscapes inspired by Gay Gaddis’ working Texas Longhorn ranch, The Double Heart, nestled in the grasslands and canyons between the towns of Marble Falls and Burnet.

 

The Double Heart is Gaddis’ home, pride and open-air studio. It serves as inspiration to capture the essence of the Texas countryside and the symbolism of the Double Heart brand—enduring passion, forging new trails, safe passage and journeys motivated by love. In Gaddis’ landscapes, these themes are captured as nature’s elements collide in bursts of color and layers of brush strokes to create the feeling of big and ever-changing skies.

 

Gaddis has a deeply rooted belief that nature informs our thinking and actions, so she takes her paint and canvas outside on the ranch to surround herself with the very nature her art embodies.  

 

The artist works from the top of the canvas and paints down to the horizon to create landscapes that feel both rustic and refined. Her paintings make you feel her physical presence at The Double Heart through thousands of brush strokes that melt colors into each other.

 

Beyond being her inspiration and studio, The Double Heart is a working Texas Longhorn ranch and family retreat. Along with the Longhorn, the ranch is home to quarter horses, a herd of Boer goats, Border Collies and abundant wildlife–deer, turkey, wild hogs, coyotes, fox, ringtails, rattlesnakes and many more.

 

Gaddis’ art is a return to her truest creative roots. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas in 1977 (she is now on the advisory council for the University of Texas Fine Arts College), her creative impulse took her into the world of advertising for almost 40 years (and counting). In that time, she founded T3, which is now the largest U.S. advertising agency owned by a woman.

 

Texas Monthly recently named Gay as a Top 10 Artist to collect now, and she has been featured in the acclaimed Page Magazine as one of the top 10 shows to see in NYC.