Surreal Artwork

Abstract Artwork

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Colleen D. Gjefle photo in black and white

A bit about me

My name is Colleen D. Gjefle and I’m an American artist creating both abstract and surreal work primarily in acrylic.

When I create an artwork, I strive to visually capture a world that lives beyond our conventional senses.  My abstracts tend to be brightly colored, highly textured and intricate, frequently with multiple layers giving lots of depth. My surreal works might just be flights of whimsy, but many are more thought provoking, cerebral images that grow from morality, metaphysics and of dreams.

There was a time when I thought through every detail in a painting but I gradually began to try to let my subconscious take more control of the process. This led to creating more abstracts, and my surreal paintings becoming less refined but freer. I’m no longer always striving for the deep meanings in my surreal works. While at one time I felt a need to “understand” my paintings, I now  prefer to feel them.

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In the Beginning – SOLD!

In the Beginning – SOLD!

This painting speaks to the mystery that initiated the creation of our world, our universe… and it has a new home!

Amazon Song

Amazon Song

There’s a lot going on in this painting – there are textures upon textures and colors merging into other colors. That’s what our world is like – a complex ecosystem with many layers and it’s even more true in an environment like the Amazon rainforest.

Requiem for Pygmalion

Requiem for Pygmalion

For those of you who are up on ancient Greek mythology, you might be familiar with the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. This is my take on what happens next.

Neapolitan Nightmare

Neapolitan Nightmare

Yes, this painting was influenced by Neapolitan ice cream, more specifically, after watching some kids delightfully eating, slurping and laughing over their bowls of yummy summer treats all while...

Eve Had the Right Idea

Eve Had the Right Idea

"Eve Had The Right Idea" is an acrylic on canvas painting completed in 2022. The  18x24 canvas was gessoed with tissue paper to make it very textured prior to building up several layers of colorful...

Black & White Flowers

Black & White Flowers

Every now and then I do a series of flowers in black and white. We always think COLOR when it comes to flowers, but black & white gives them a different dimension, with the plant's delightful...