Live Painting by Gina Southgate
Gina is well known on the UK jazz scene where she has painted and/or performed live at gigs for 30 years. She had her first solo exhibition of gig paintings at London’s Jazz café in 1988.
Growing up in Essex Gina a two-year art foundation course at Southend College of Technology just after the emergence of punk. She moved to London to do a degree in silversmithing/metalwork at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts followed by a postgraduate year in pewter casting. She has worked as a professional artist for three decades. Through a growing interest in music and the aesthetic of musical instruments she began to paint at gigs. Her work is in public and private collections across the globe.
“I work with the frisson of the music observing the relationship between the musician and instrument. I try to capture the energy and essence of the gig in the real time. Sometimes I work solely with sound and ignore the visual content producing abstract imagery. In performance situations I use my materials and surfaces sonically”