Gay Summer Rick

Gay Summer Rick is known for painting iconic urban and coastal images that hum with energy and movement. She paints using palette knives, creating images through a series of interacting layers. Revealing an unexpected beauty in common elements within the urban landscape, her unique style, a melding of impressionism and abstract color-field painting, describes the quiet vibration of life on the urban coast.


Growing up in New York surrounded by artists, Gay Summer Rick began her arts education early in life. She went on to formally study art and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New York at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, where she drew, painted and sculpted images on clay forms and vessels. After receiving a Masters degree in Business Administration, she continued her art training in Los Angeles in painting, which became the primary focus of her art practice. A resident of Southern California for over 25 years, the artist resides and maintains her art studio in Malibu, California.


Gay Summer Rick is currently exhibiting work in California and Hawaii, and has recently exhibited work in Japan, Europe, and New York. Her paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions, museum exhibitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Corporate and Member Rental and Sales Gallery, and international and national group exhibitions where she has received awards and honors. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Malibu Art Association, Malibu Artists Unite, and is listed by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. Her paintings are in public and private collections around the world.