Little Red Cap, 2011. Oil on masonite. 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago.

Cedarburg, WI


Gina Litherland is influenced by the detailed realism of early fifteenth-century Sienese painting, although her incongruous scenes also recall the conventions of Midwest Surrealism and Magic Realism. The imaginary worlds she creates are resonant with references to literature, both folk and modern, and are imbued with a strong sense of drama and theatricality. The artist’s recent works are more explicitly narrative, as she gives image to literary texts that address encounters among the supernatural, the human, and the natural worlds. Replete with symbols firmly grounded in the history of the visual and literary arts, Litherland’s paintings continue to explore cultural themes with contemporary resonance.  


Gina Litherland was born in Gary, Indiana and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. She was influenced by the cultural scene in Chicago and participated in weekly experimental multi-media performances at the Emergency Theatre. Her work has been shown extensively in Wisconsin and Illinois. She has had solo exhibitions at the Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago, Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, and the Wriston Art Center Galleries at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, among others. Litherland’s magical realist paintings, drawings, and writings have been published in national and international journals. Her work is also found in public institutions, including the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin and the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Litherland is represented by the Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago.