Abstract & Surreal Artwork

Recent Paintings

Surreal Artwork

Abstract Artwork

The Abuse Series

Artist Statement

My name is Colleen D. Gjefle and I’m an American artist creating both abstract and surreal work primarily in acrylic. I’m self-taught as an artist with paintings in numerous private collections in both North America and Europe, including many commissioned works.

As an artist, 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.

Life has kicked me in the teeth and frequently gotten in the way of art, but I always returned to it. I have a lot of other interests that have frequently provided me with several respites from painting, but again, I always returned. I love technology so I became a website/graphic designer that allowed me to balance out my love of tech with my artistic proclivities. I bring art and design into my house and yard, which further satisfies my artistic urges…

But I always return to art.

I create images that can’t be seen in real life (after all, that’s what cameras are for) which are pulled from my head to hopefully draw the viewer in. 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. After all, we can only intellectually understand things to a limited degree, but we can feel to the depth of our souls.  Do I want others to understand my paintings? Each person naturally interprets a work of art according to their own personality and experiences so although I might have my own interpretation, there’s always another way of viewing things.

Through the universal language of art, I hope to understand myself and my world a little bit more, and to share it with others.

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