Oil Paintings - Portraits
Gayle began working in oil paint in 2009 and completed five burlesque oil portraits for a solo show at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans in 2013 as part of a series entitled the “Fleur de Lis” series. The Fleur De Lis Series is Gayle’s love letter to New Orleans, where she saw her first burlesque in 1988.
“[Gayle’s] black and white charcoal portraits on gesso board possess both painterly and graphic qualities. In her highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits, every hair and wrinkle is visible. From afar, it is possible to mistake her drawings and paintings for photographs. Upon closer inspection, the lines and shading, the trace of the hand, becomes apparent.” —Tracy Adler, Director—Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College
Gayle Madeira is an award-winning artist, dancer and choreographer based in New York City.