Gwen Freeman
Gwen Freeman lives and works in Los Angeles, and in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. She paints in oils and acrylics. She is best known for her Dining Room Series, psychological portraits of families, and communities, executed in an urban naïve style, emphasizing bold color and geometric forms and utilizing symbolism from many sources and cultures, including religious, folk lore, and mythological references.

The Landscapes are executed in oils, applied with palette knife on canvas, in a Neo-Fauvist style. Many of these scenes are taken from pencil sketches done from life, in the western states, Virginia and throughout Mexico and Italy.

Most recently, Gwen is creating Figurative Abstracts, stark shapes that suggest martyrs, lovers, mythological figures and creatures rendered in bright colors on a dark, almost monolithic, background.

Her work has appeared in many galleries, locally and nationwide, including Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles; San Fransisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco; Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley; The Neutra Institute Museum, Silver Lake; LA Artcore Los Angeles; Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park; Rock Rose Gallery, Highland Park; Sugar Mynt Gallery, South Pasadena; Perry House Gallery, Highland Park; Agora Gallery, NY NY; The Midday Gallery, Englewood, NJ; Picture This Gallery, Long Beach; The Gallery Presents, Hawthorne; The Brewery, Los Angeles; M.J., Higgins Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Rod Briggs Gallery, Long Beach. Her work has also appeared on numerous television shows and movies, including Frasier, The O.C., Roswell, Boston Public, Titus, Just Shoot Me, Everybody Loves Raymond, Daddy Day Care, The Sweetest Thing, and American Pie II. Her “Johnny Angel,” sponsored by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, as part of the Catholic Big Brother and Big Sisters of Los Angeles “Community of Angels” project, was placed in Pershing Square.

Gwen grew up in Virginia, and studied painting for many years under Washington D.C. artist Judith Wengrovitz and, later, Elizabeth Campbell. She was trained in figure drawing, portraiture, printmaking, and oil painting at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, where she graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with honors, and a Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law.

Gwen and her family reside in the historic J.B. Merrill house, a 116 year old craftstman home, featured in Beyond the Bungalow. LA Architect Richard Corsini of Corsini & Stark, designed Gwen’s award winning studio space which was featured in the Los Angeles Times.