Gilah Yelin Hirsch, (BA UC Berkeley, MFA UCLA), is a painter, writer, theorist, photographer, videographer, filmmaker, lecturer and Professor of Art at California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles). She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, design, anthropology, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and world culture.

An internationally exhibiting artist since 1968, Hirsch’s paintings have been acquired by major public and private collections, including the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Alexander Braun Collection, Budapest; the Bank of America National Banks, USA; University of California Medical Arts Collection, Los Angeles, CA, and have appeared on covers and within dozens of journals, magazines and books, along with articles and book chapters about her life and work. Hirsch’s own articles and theoretical papers have been published in scholarly journals internationally including Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Artweek; Journal of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Collections of Foreign Studies on Shamanism, Dalian Nationalities University, China; and Hirsch’s film Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe, an investigation into the relation between origin of alphabet, pattern in nature and the neurology of perception and cognition, has received worldwide interdisciplinary notice.

Her current film, Reading the Landscape, brings these concepts to children of all ages in sixteen languages and cultures. Since 1980, Hirsch has lectured, presented workshops and worked in the fields of psychoneuroimmunology, as well as art and healing, most recently for children with cancer at the “Sunshine Foundation.”

In 2010 Hirsch was awarded the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine’s (ISSSEEM) Alyce and Elmer Green Award for her “innovative blending of science and art.” Over seventy other awards, honors, grants, fellowships and residencies include US National Endowment for the Arts; California State University (statewide as well as California State University, Dominguez Hills), CA; CLASS Foundation (CO); Panavision Inc; California Community Foundation; Fieldmouse Foundation (CA); Takahashi Foundation (CA); US Embassies of Slovakia and Ukraine; Mountain Conservation Recreation Authority, CA; Dorland Mountain Colony, CA; Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; MacDowell Colony, NH; Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy; Tyrone Guthrie Center for the Arts Ireland; International Painters’ Symposia, Slovakia; Tamarind Institute of Lithography, NM; St. Martin's School of Art, London, England; Syracuse University, NY; Rim Institute, AZ; Hollyhock Institute, BC, Canada; Esalen Institute, CA.

Hirsch has led numerous creativity workshops and has given over three hundred presentations on her work at universities, institutes and conferences internationally.

Gilah Yelin Hirsch resides in Venice, California.

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Home & Studio

“I do believe that my house is a living entity. Not only is it rich in natural materials, but it has a definite vibration. One feels differently when entering... in creating a painting a moment arrives when the image begins to reveal itself. Similarly a deeply considered house: at a certain point, all the dedicated elements begin to merge, a unique personality is born, and it too begins to breathe on its own.” – GILAH YELIN HIRSCH
Selection of images from Cottages in the Sun - Bungalows of Venice, CA by Melva Levick & Margaret Bach