This is me in 1994, sleeping in the back of my truck on a bed

of 500 pounds of onions. It was an attempt at dreaming up inspiration.


Born in northern Minnesota, Gwen Avant has been drawn to quiet mark-making her entire life. She earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has exhibited her paintings, sculptures and installations in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York, and has her work in many private and corporate collections


On painting: “I let the unconscious bring forth the image; I try to listen, I’m trying to learn. In the end, the painting itself still holds some charge of the difficulty, the emotion or struggle it began with. But the whole is acceptable, perhaps beautiful. My hope is that the viewer can, by looking at the work, get a sense of acceptance; of being ok with what is difficult or can’t be understood."