Ted Gahl received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2006 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. His recent solo exhibitions include Halsey McKay Gallery, New York & East Hampton; Galleri Jacøb Bjorn, Aarhus, Denmark; Retrospective, Hudson, NY; Meier Gallery, Los Angeles; Dodge Gallery, New York. Group shows include Regroup, Galleri Jacøb Bjorn, Aarhus; Ghost Current, curated by Ryan Wallace, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Don’t Look Now, curated by 247365 at Zach Feuer, New York; That's the Neighbor, Always Dressing These Boulders in the Yard, curated by Torey Thornton at Suzanne Geiss Company, New York; Mental Furniture, curated by Petrella's Imports at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and All a Tremulous Heart Requires, curated by Brad Hajzak at ZieherSmith & Horton, New York. Gahl lives and works in Connecticut and New York. He is represented by Halsey McKay Gallery, New York.
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About Ted Gahl
Nothing if not eclectic, Ted Gahl’s painting practice is nonetheless united by a reverence for art history and a humorous treatment of subject and material. In his large, bold paintings and mixed-media canvases, colored wood and found objects jut out at odd angles, scrawled text and aggressive figuration clash and merge, and compositions dissolve into pure abstraction. Gahl asserts that at the core of his practice is an interest in painting, and he is unconcerned with a definitive style. “I’ve always been a fan of minimal and monochrome painting, but at the same time love elements of figuration and drawing in work,” he says. “My goal was to create paintings that, from afar, read as relatively flat, but when you get closer, include elements of subtle color and form.” Fittingly, Gahl cites a wide range of influences, including Richard Diebenkorn, Norbert Schwontkowski, Dorothy Iannone, Raoul de Keyser, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.
American, b. 1983, New Haven, Connecticut, based in Litchfield, Connecticut