Biography

Gayle (Wheatley) Midnight is a professional artist who specializes in ethereal paintings that burst with color. Her artwork is heavily influenced by mythology, Asian and European culture, and her many globe-trekking adventures. She has lived abroad in both Italy and Japan, and has traveled extensively across 6 continents, 50+ countries, and over 400 cities.

Gayle is an accomplished painter and illustrator whose work has been published in countless magazines and publications worldwide. Her art has also been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and can be found in numerous private collections around the globe.

Painting since age 5, Gayle later studied fine art at both Pepperdine University and the prestigious Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She went on to teach art for several years in Japan and California after completing graduate coursework in art education from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

A prolific painter with a massive body of work, Gayle recently completed the Daily Paintress project, where she painted over 100 paintings in 10 months. She has also created work for clients such as Billabong, Natural Health magazine, Teen magazine, Bratz Dolls, Southern Bride magazine, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Whole Life Times, Tokyo Scene magazine, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, among many others. She currently maintains a studio in Los Angeles.

Artist Statement

Several years back I discovered I have grapheme–color synesthesia, an involuntary process by which the brain utilizes color as a primary means of association and organization of concepts. For as long as I can remember I have always seen the world as combinations of colors. Letters, numbers, words, names: these are all mapped out in my mind within specific color matrices. This unconscious color instinct has always driven my art, but it also extends into other creative realms.

Many of my paintings begin with poems. Functioning like sketches, my poems are lyrical abstractions of specific memories, emotions, and experiences, which form the basis of my paintings through deliberate juxtapositions and exaggerations of ingrained color choices. Utilizing the rhythm and meter of words to draw meaning from complex color associations, my poems are the first step towards visually translating the essence of ideas into something tangible.

Obsessed with travel and a need to capture the spirit of places and moments, my paintings often feature elaborate organic forms drawn from botanic, marine, and animal references. These images, collected from far-flung corners of the world, are transformed in my imagination then merged with my initial poetic abstractions to become otherworldly forms and surreal dreamscapes.

Artist Resume

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Blush, icandy, Los Angeles, California, April 2006
Body Kanji, Gallery Yusuian, Osaka, Japan, May 2003

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Portfolio of Creative Work 4, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California, May 2011
Portfolio of Creative Work 3, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California, May 2010
Beautiful Grim, San Francisco, California, Spring 2010
Portfolio of Creative Work 2, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California, May 2009
Over Hung 2008, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, California, December 2008
Portfolio of Creative Work, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California, April-May 2008
The Bird Show, Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, California, January-February 2008
Tiny Treasures, Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, California, Dec. 2007-January 2008
Exceedingly Way Too Over Hung, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, California, December 2007
Way Too Over Hung, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Dec. 2006
Degreez of Environment, Gallery Fujihara, Osaka, Japan, January 2003
Calibre Contemporary Art Space, Osaka, Japan, August 2002
Organics in an Industrial World, Gallery Midosuji, Osaka, Japan, July 2002
Confessions, Howard A. White Center, Malibu, California, March 2000
Estate '99, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, July 1999

Selected COLLECTIONS

Taisho, Public collection of Osaka Municipal College of Acupuncture& Massage
Lonely Tree, Private collection of Susan and Anthony Maddela
The Queen's Legs, Private collection of Chris Liu
Jellyfish Dance, Private collection of Ryan and Mary Radford
Awakened Duck, Private collection of Kathlin Carmean
Belly, Private collection of Ramona Laguna
Belly in Blue, Private collection of Jane Crulci
Fingers over Knees, Private collection of Eric Collins
Björk, Private collection of Masaaki Tadakoshi
Rain Wilderness of Me, Private collection of Liz Oakes
Monster Sushi, The Happy Storm, Private collection of Michelle Ng
LA Woman, Private collection of Kelly Frasco
Lemonade, 5 Brides, Fiery Sunset, Private collection of Anne and Mike Jansen
Malibu, Private collection of Ken and Marcia Wilks
Fire Wilderness of Me, Private collection of Orin Thompson
Starfish, Private collection of Mason Adams
Warszawa Rose, Private collection of Irene Gin
Underwater Slumber, Private collection of Sarah Fisher

PUBLISHED WORK

Cover art for Night Terrors, a novel by Larenda Roberts, 2011
Billabong, surfboard art (featured artist), 2011
Pepperdine University, illustrations, 2007-2011
Whole Life magazine , illustrations, 2010, 2006, 2005
Wedding Venues & Services magazine, illustrations, 2009
lime.com, featured artist, 2009
Southern Bride magazine, illustrations, 2009, 2008, 2007
Kartika Review, featured artist, 2008, 2007
Colleague magazine, illustrations, 2008
Bratz Dolls (MGa entertainment), illustrations, 2006, 2005
Natural Health magazine, illustrations, 2005
Euphorix magazine, illustrations, 2005
Kansai Scene magazine, illustrations, 2003, 2002
Tokyo Scene magazine, illustrations, 2003, 2002
WestsideMomma.com, illustrations, 2002, 2001
Teen magazine, illustrations, 2000
Expressionist magazine, featured artist, 2000
The Graphic, illustrations, 1998-2000

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Billabong, Southern Bride magazine holiday art, MK1, The Lucky, The Good Fortune Society, Jules Cage Adventure Series Picture Books, Peter the Polar Bear Picture Books, Posterlounge Germany, and CaliRox Jewelers.

PRESS

Sock It To Me: Cool Girl of the Month, feature interview
Sustainable Sushi: The Art of Sushi: Fish, Life, and Gayle (Wheatley) Midnight, artist interview
Sweet Station: featured artist
twenty2wo: featured artist
Kartika Review: featured artist
The Illustration Times: featured artist
Amateur Illustrator: featured artist
Born Free: National Bird Day featured artist
News from the Other Side: featured artist
Euphorix magazine: featured artist
Kansai Scene magazine: featured artist
Pepperdine University: featured artist
Expressionist magazine: featured artist

TRAVEL

Asia: China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, & Thailand.
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, & Switzerland.
Americas: USA, Argentina, Chile, St Lucia, Mexico, & Canada.
Africa: Morocco.
Oceana: Fiji.
Residencies: Italy (1997, 1999), Japan (2001-2003)

GRANTS AND AWARDS

CASE District VII Award, bronze in the category of Visual Identity Systems
HOW Design award recipient
Selected Member of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
HOW Design Award
University of California Grant Recipient
Santa Barbara Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Pepperdine University Scholarship Recipient
Selected artist for the SACI Program

EDUCATION

University of California at Santa Barbara
Graduate coursework in Art Education
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
B.A. Journalism, Art
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
Drawing, Painting

BORN

Santa Barbara, California