In this most recent group of paintings Theobald has focused her attention to the sudy of light in the landscape of Night & Day. Theobald uses her perceptual and visual ablities as a means through which internal psychic processes may be examined. As the artist has stated, "I am intrigued at the idea of working through the visual to transcend the realm of perception and enter the realm of knowledge."
In this series of landscape paintings titled Night & Day Theobald evolved from her last exhibition titled "Night" which was a series of single panel 12" inch square paintings. This new work is marked by a major increase in scale (to 65" x 92"), and a shift to a diptych format, juxtaposing Night & Day images of the same scene into one viewing. The use of landscape depicted in contrasting light evokes a frame of mind suggestive of late Rothko abstraction. The paintings are about light space and form more than the traditional landscape. Theobald's landscapes lack a horizon line disconnecting the viewer from land. The viewer's frame of reference is, based in the tops of trees from which attention is drawn toward a still, and sensuous, sometimes Edward Hopper like light.
Gillian Theobald currently lives in Seattle Washington. The Artist received both her B.A. and M.A. from the San Diego State University in 1967 and 1971. Her work has been featured in Exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art: San Jose Museum of Art, Gallery Akmak, Berlin: Rocket Gallery, London:The Fitchburg Museum, MA: and the Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle.