I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of artist GINA GODFREY yesterday, and she was gracious enough to show me around personally. Working with digitally manipulated collages that she painstakingly crafts first, Gina creates provocative, colourful large format artwork to fit any home or commercial space.Gina was the first international artist to show at the red-carpeted halls of the Jerusalem Theater in 2007 in Israel. Her works are also on permanent display in the Ohel Moishe Synagogue in Shanghai, China. Her works are on display and in collections in Israel, England and throughout North America including the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.
Her current show (closing the first week of November) is called “It’s A Party” and features numerous pieces (giclee on canvas) that stimulate conversation and definitely promote a party mood!I absolutely adored her series of 4 “fishy” images, appropriated titled Fishy Fishy One, Two…etc.…as well as her moody smaller pieces like High Pigment and Incognito 2 (below)Here, let Gina tell you about her creative process herself….
Thank you, Gina. We then went into her backroom where she pulled out some amazing images she created of pop-culture icons that we all know, such as Sophia Loren, Brooke Shields and Canada’s own literary lion, Mordecai Richler (below) The prints of Sophia and Mordecai were done on handcrafted Japanese paper and in person, were so stunning to see. Sadly, my photos don’t do them justice here.
Gina is involved with a number of important causes and charities including this year’s The Brain Project. Her brain sculpture (see below – courtesy Toronto Sun) was part of an awareness program by Baycrest Health Sciences aimed at sparking a nationwide conversation about brain health and research. Her sculpture was on view this past summer at Toronto City Hall Square.
She has just launched another project to raise funds and awareness for therapy dogs called Dogs on the Catwalk, again benefiting a Baycrest Health Sciences initiative www.baycrest.org/dogsonthecatwalk/ Bravo, Gina!
You can learn more about Gina’s digital artwork and upcoming shows as well as her passion for philanthropy by visiting her website and following her on social media. www.ginagodfrey.com