Biography & Statement

BIOGRAPHY
Gina Dominique (she/her) is a New York based artist known for contemporary abstract paintings and installations. She has a national exhibition record, having mounted more than one dozen solo shows, participated in multiple two and three person exhibitions, and has had work in over 50 group exhibits. Awards she has received include a Santa Monica 18th Street Arts Center international visiting artist residency, Seattle Metro's Outstanding Public Achievement Award, a Tamarind Institute Collaborative Lithography Workshop residency, Corcoran Gallery of Art's Alma Thomas Award, and a Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts residency.
Dominique is a tenured associate professor at City University of New York’s Lehman College, New York City, where she teaches painting and color theory. From 2013-2016 Dominique served as the School of Arts and Humanities Associate Dean. During the 2000s she was a tenured professor of art history, drawing & painting, and Art Department head at Delta College, University Center. Currently she is pursuing a PhD as a Post Graduate Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University and Transart Institute for Creative Research.
Dominique's MFA is from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her BFA is from George Washington University's Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC. She completed the first two years of her undergraduate degree at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Gina Dominique (nee Shorto, m. Dominique Hersey) was born in Johnstown.
ARTIST STATEMENT
I am inspired and motivated by the pre-feminist origins and underlying spiritual connotations of abstract painting. By using one or more abstract painting techniques, i.e., geometric abstraction, color field painting, gesture painting, word art... on the same surface or on different surfaces within the same body of work, I pay homage to the entirety of abstraction's very young, just over 100-year old history. My installations are site-specific, so they are also architecturally inspired.
Art historically, in terms of being a female abstract painter and spiritualist, I align with first abstractionist Hilma af Klint's methods and oeuvre. I also resonate with the works of Orphic Cubists the Delaunays, Dadaist/Surrealist Oppenheim, Abstract Expressionists Pollock, Krasner and the de Koonings, Abstract Impressionists Frankenthaler, Mitchell, and Twombly, Proto-Pop artists Johns and Rauschenberg, Pop Artists Indiana and Kusama, Washington Color School Painters Davis, Gilliam and Thomas, and Post-Minimalists DeFeo and Hesse.