Gail Behrmann an abstract painter lives works in Johannesburg. She studied fine art under Bill Ainslie at the Johannesburg Art Foundation.
Behrmann combines her painting career with her career as a film maker. In her film work she does research for feature films and documentaries. More recently she has done film installations for museums. She works comfortably in both fields.
In 1988 Behrmann was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Due to seriousness of the diagnosis and her medical complications her painting production slowed down drastically between 1994 and 1997. She focused primarily on her film making. However, after treatment and some surgeries Behrmanns health conditions were stabilised to a degree. This allowed her to regain some momentum and begin painting again, beginning with group shows and private commissions.
More recently she had been involved in theatre productions for the Handspring Puppet Company and William Kentridge’s video installations. Additional projects include assisting Angus Gibson on video installations for the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto and installations she has directed for the Apartheid Museum and projects for corporate installations.