Is a Ceramicist, Painter, and Fine Art Photographer based in Los Angeles, California.
Gay Ribisi started her career as a conceptual artist in the early 70's and developed through non-functional ceramics, painting, video art, into fine art photography. Having received her Masters Degree in Fine Arts from UC Berkeley, Gay began showing her work in galleries and has been in numerous group shows in the Bay area and Southern California, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, and the Everett Gee Jackson Gallery. At the start of her career, Gay revived a dated technique in ceramics, which gained recognition in an art show held in conjunction with the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. With over 10,000 entries from all over the world, Gay won a Bronze medal for her submission.
Gay's passion for art has continued through the years, touching on different mediums and combining older influences with modern techniques, embracing modern technology and the digital movement. The course of her career includes the production of two feature films and a documentary about homeless artists living on the streets of LA. It was in her period of painting portraits, that she questioned the medium's representation of her subjects and became more interested in the story telling aspect of her art. She found and befriended various homeless artists and musicians, and created video portrayals of their lives. Gay also created a series of digital flipbooks, comprised from thousands of moving stills, that are set to music and put on DVD for viewing. Having documented two video shoots for the Beck album "The Information", and a short film and road trip with actor/artist Jason Lee, Gay discovered a fast-paced form of story telling, capturing the essence and spirit of the talent and collaboration involved in the making of both projects, while creating an art piece in itself.
In the summer of 2005, Gay had a solo exhibition of her underwater series called "Wet" at Gallery Saint Germain in West Hollywood. The collection consists of typical scenes like a woman vacuuming, or a girl watering her plant, to a series of girl fights, etc. A surreal imitation of life emerges from the images, in which the viewer wonders how it is all happening. "Wendy", the artist's personal favorite, was the first image of the series that gave the graceful sense of floating in space. "Head Above Water" was photographed later on commission and was selected to exhibit along with 26 other artists in Soho, at the Westwood Gallery in New York City, for art on human rights.
Gay currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues her endeavors in fine art, primarily in ceramics and oil paintings.
California Museum of Art
Los Angeles Center for Photography