Gabrielle Jones
Gabrielle Jones

Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 20 March – 2 April 2018

Gabrielle Jones

The work of Gabrielle Jones has been described by Charles Blackman, Artist as

“…full of shining light, radiant… [she] lets the inner things – her soul – come into her paintings [and] evokes feelings from the viewer”.

Gabrielle Jones is a graduate in Fine Art from Australia’s prestigious National Art School, as well as from the University of Sydney. She has held 14 solo shows in three states of Australia, and at the Goulburn Regional Gallery and was appointed “Artist in Residence” at Arthur Boyd’s  property at Bundanon; in Le Meridien Tahiti; Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain; at Artscape in Toronto, Canada; and at Tweed Regional Gallery.

Gabrielle also works occasionally as a curator, working on two exhibitions at Coorah Contemporary Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar School. Her teaching experience includes an appointment as drawing instructor for 2012 Sydney Biennale events, and six years in her own art school (ArtClassSydney.com.au) in Sydney’s Balmain.

As a professional, exhibiting artist, Gabrielle has won or been highly commended in a number of prizes including the William Fletcher Trust Grant for talented students; included as a finalist in a number of art prizes, including the Fleurieu Biennale; Portia Geach portrait; Mosman;  Norville landscape; Muswellbrook; Calleen; St George; Duke Gold Coast; Borough of Queenscliff 150th Anniversary; Korea Australia Art Foundation; Fishers Ghost Art Awards (in both drawing and painting); and the Rick Amor drawing prize.

She is an invited artist for the Prestigious Kedumba drawing award in 2016. She has been selected in curated shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, New York and Korea; and has had work acquired by Muswellbrook Regional Gallery and included in public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, New York, Canada and London. Gabrielle will hold a solo exhibition in Umbertide, Italy in June 2017.

Wicked Games

 

In “Wicked Games” I have pared back painting to its elemental concerns of mark, materiality and colour, in order to access the “essence” of my personal experience of this world. Paint reflects action and action provides conduit for thought, until a way of being in time, in the world, in the studio, is expressed at its most fundamental. Space/place, movement/time, chance and control; and the untethered wanderings of the artist’s mind when interacting with the world and paint are explored.

 

In working this way, new compositions are found that speak of my interaction within digital and real world. A sort of collage effect is achieved, reflecting the “stitching together” of thoughts, actions, experiences, images, and social media, into a whole and complete picture that is very personal and real, and has authenticity, but no objective truth. – Gabrielle Jones

Artist Statement

For Gabrielle Jones, the process of drawing and painting mediates the technology-based contemporary world allowing, by its very fluid, surprising and immediate nature, a suggestion of other forms, movement, patterns, territories and emotions.

Gabrielle’s art neither describes nor defines and each artwork is a challenge to experimentation, exploring the power and beauty of uncertainty, playing risk and intuition against control and skill, eliciting both an “illusion” and the “fact” of using art materials.

Jones is an abstract artist who is very responsive to the world around her – its issues, events and the environment, as well as the process of painting itself and all of these are likely to form the kernel that develops into a painting. Her work is intuitive and responsive to the mental dialogue that forms as a result of her interaction in the world and during the layered process of painting or drawing, and this dialogue provides title to many of her artworks.

Relentless energy, and a love of movement and change is central to the work Jones makes, and reflects her personal physicality as well as that of the mediums used and methods of application. The artist pits gesture, material and colour against each other in unexpected ways and, as a result, her art evidences a multiplicity of layers and creative applications of media.

Works often plot the path of navigation through a space: of a real environment or, in a temporal way, the artist’s clues on how to visually negotiate the painted surface; or in the very act of painting. In this way, the paintings show the history of their production, revealing and obscuring layers of action, thought and experimentation; mapping or recording nuances and responses to the external and internal: events or images, experiences, colour, light, thoughts and gestures. One event or action leads to another, until the work functions as a space for projections shaped by the viewers’ experience or evoked by the artworks’ titles.

That mutability, uncertainty and the changeable associations are encouraged by the artist as reflections of the fast pace and movement of our contemporary world.

 

 

b. Sydney, Australia

Education

2003 Bachelor Fine Arts (Distinction) National Art School

1999 Julian Ashton Art School (part-time)

1995-97 Sydney Community Art School – Life Drawing/Painting

1984-5 Fine Arts Certificate, TAFE (part-time)

1982 Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

 

Artist-in-residence

2016 Artist in Residence, Tweed Regional Gallery

2013 Artscape.org Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada

2011 Fundación Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

2007 Le Meridien Hotel, Papeete, Tahiti and Village Temanuata, Bora Bora, Tahiti

2005 Arthur Boyd Bequest, Bundanon Trust, Bundanon NSW

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 “Wicked Games” Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney

2016 “Roaming” GalleryOne88 Fine Art, Katoomba

2015 “Natural Selection” Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney

2015 “Sensing”, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha

2013 “Comfort Zone” Depot II Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney

2011 “Landscaping” Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

2010 “Paint as Landscape”, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW

2009 “Trees for my father”, Depot II Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney

2009 “Gabrielle Jones: United at The Sheraton”, Sheraton Hotel, Perth

2009 “Groundswell”, United Galleries, Perth

2007 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2007 Ballan & Pannan Galleries, Armadale, Melbourne

2006 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2004 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2004 Johnston St, Annandale, Sydney

 

Awards

2014 Highly Commended, Blackheath Art Prize (Tony Bond, ex Curator International

Art, Art Gallery NSW, Judge)

2013 Highly Commended, Blackheath Art Prize (Rilke Oakley, Curator Blue

Mountains City Art Gallery, Judge)

2012 Winner, Blackheath Art Society Easter Art Prize (Dr David Middlebrook,

Judge)

2006 Highly Commended, Hills Grammar Art Prize

2005 Winner, Northbridge Art Prize

2003 Winner, Brentwood Art Prize (Acquisitive)

2003 Winner; William Fletcher Trust Grant

2002 Winner, Australian National University Tanner Lecture Series Art Prize

2002 Runner-up, Council for Community Health Art Prize

 

Finalist

2016 Short Listed -Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery

2016 Short Listed – Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Regional Gallery, Vic

2015 Fishers Ghost Drawing and Print Awards, Campbelltown Regional Gallery

2015 $23000 Hunters Hill Art Prize – Open, Painting

2015 Muswellbrook Art Prize – Painting, Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian prints,

drawings and watercolours, AGNSW

2015 Muswellbrook Art Prize – Drawing, Anne Ryan,Curator of Australian prints,

drawings and watercolours, AGNSW

2014 Fishers Ghost Drawing and Print Awards

2014 $8000 St George Art Prize. Theme: “Transformation”

2013 $8000 KAAF Art Prize, John McDonald Judge

2013 $17000 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery. Judge: Anne Flannagan,

Deputy Director, AGNSW

2013 $30,000 Muswellbrook Art Prize, Judge: Dr Leigh Summers, Director Coffs

Harbour Regional Gallery, Author & Art Historian

2013 $5000 Borough of Queenscliff 150th Anniversary Art Award, Queenscliff, Vic

2012 Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, NSW

2010 $8000 St George Art Award, Hurstville City Gallery and Museum

2010 Waverley Art Prize (Selected Stella Downer, Gallery Director, Sally Hardy, Art

Valuer;Francis Giacco, Artist)

2010 $10,000 Brisbane Art Senses, Riverside Centre, Brisbane. Selected by Simon

Wright, Director Griffiths Artworks and QLD College of Art, Snr Lecturer Griffith

University.

2009/10 $10,000 Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Centre, Surfers

Paradise, Qld Judge: Andrew Frost, Art Critic; Journalist

2009 $10,000 Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

2009 $15,000 Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Galllery

2009 Waverley Art Prize Judges: Tim Olsen (Gallery Director); Sally Hardy (Art

Dealer) Max Lieberman (Artist)

2009 Hunters Hill Art Prize Judge: Paul Delprat (Artist & Principal, Julian Ashton)

2009 Final 50: Mt Eyre Vineyard Art Prize (judges Anne McCulloch, Art Almanac;

David van Nunen, Artist; and Jackie Dunn, Artbank.

2008 $15,000 Norville Art Prize

2007 $15,000 Mosman Art Prize, Judge: Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator Australian

Art, AGNSW

2006 Loquat Valley Art Prize; Judges: Wendy Sharpe, Artist/Lecturer and Elizabeth

Morell, Macquarie Bank Collection

2006 Waverley Art Prize, Judges: David Serisier and Peter Sharpe, Artists /Lecturers

2005 $20,000 Paddington Art Prize

Judges: Deborah Edwards, AGNSW; Tony Geddes, Mosman Art Gallery; & Patrick

Corrigan AM

2005 Waverley Art Prize

2005 $5000 Small Painting Prize, Soda Gallery Avalon

2004 $15,000 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery; Judge: John Macdonald

2004 $18,000 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize, S H Ervin Gallery; Judge,

Wendy Sharpe

2004 $25,000 Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Art Prize – Open Section, South Australia

2004 Alvaro Art Prize

2003 $15,000 Inaugural “Art on the Rocks”, ASN Gallery, The Rocks

 

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Featured artist, Ambience Projects, Brisbane

2016 “In Abstract” ARO Gallery, Sydney

2016 Inaugural exhibition, Tortoiseshell Gallery, Sydney

2015 “Convergence” Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar

School

2014 “Gesture, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery-13 Artists including Julie Harris,

Mathew Lynn, Rowen Matthews, Susan Baird, Kate Dorrough, Neil Taylor, Dr David

Middlebrook and others.

2014 Untethered, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar

School with Joan Ross, Joanna Logue, Ona Janzen, Kayo Yokoyama.

2014 Blue Mountains Artists, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains

Grammar School

2011-2 “Friends” Sydney Children’s Hospital and FONAS, Dec-Jan

2011 KAAF Australia: 50 years of Friendship Anniversary Art Exhibition, Seoul

Korea

2010 “On Paper, in Time, and in Others’ Minds”, Works on Paper, Art Piece Gallery,

Mullumbimby

2010 “Grounded” Landscape Painting, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby

2010 “CarriageARTworks” CarriageWorks, Newtown

2009 “Towards the Light” Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay (Charity Exhibition)

2009 Hope House Contemporary Art Auction, Sydney College of Arts Gallery

2009 “30×40 Landscape Across Australia” United Galleries, Sydney

2009 “The Studio” Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne

2007 New England Reg. Art Museum, Armidale, Packsaddle Selling Exhibition

2007“An Intimate Look”, Upstairs Gallery, Bundanon, Arthur Boyd Trust

2006 New England Reg. Art Museum, Armidale, Packsaddle Selling Exhibition

2006“Spirit of the Pacific”; Galerie Antipodes, Papeete, Tahiti

2005 New England Reg. Art Museum, Armidale, Packsaddle Selling Exhibition

2005“Off The Wall” – Emerging Artist Showcase Sydney Art 05, Exhibition Hall,

Fox Studios (selected by Euan McLeod et al)

2005“FONAS” (NAS Alumni) Sydney Art 05, Exhibition Hall, Fox Studios

2005“Infusion” Cell Block Theatre, Darlinghurst (selected by Wendy Sharpe,

Geoff Ireland)

2004“Spectrum”, NSW Parliament House, Sydney (selected by Ron

Robertson Swann)

 

Group exhibitions

2016 Walcha Gallery, with Rowen Mathews and Stuart Boggs

2015 End of Year Group Show, Walcha Gallery

2015 Blue Mountains Artists, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains

Grammar School

2015 Art for Small Spaces, Platform 72, Sydney

2015 Lindfield Art Show

2014 Draw on the Mountains, Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls, NSW

2012 Ubuntu Charity Auction, SCA Gallery Rozelle

2011 Exchange, Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough Qld

2011 Ubuntu Charity Auction, SCA Gallery Rozelle

2010 Ubuntu Charity Auction, SCA Gallery Rozelle

2009 Art Sydney – Gallery 307 Stand

2009 May St Studios Exhibition

2009 “Life & Land” Gallery 307 Northbridge, Sydney

2009 Small Works 09, Brunswick St Gallery, Brunswick, Vic

2009 Glebe Art Show

2009 Group Show, United Galleries, Perth

2009 Central Coast Art Prize

2009 May St Studios Open Day

2008 “Unwrapped”, United Galleries, Perth

2008 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington

2008 Balmain Art Show

2007 Galerie Antipodes, Papeete Tahiti

2007 “Unwrapped”, United Galleries, Perth

2007 Art Melbourne

2007 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington

2007 St Ignatius College, Riverview 38th Annual Art Exhibition

2006 Ballan & Pannan Galleries, Armadale, Vic

2006 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2006 Balmain Art Show

2006 Glebe Art Prize

2005 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington

2005 Real Refuses. Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

2005 Balmain Art Show

2005 Glebe Art prize

2004 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington

2004 Balmain Art Show

2004 Glebe Art Prize

2003 Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington

2000 SoHo Gallery, Leichhardt

2000 Millenium Hotel Gallery, Kings Cross

1999 Coachhouse Gallery, The Rocks

 

Teaching positions

2016 ACS International Art Retreats, Umbriua, Italy

2015 ACS Internationa; Art Retreats, Ubud, Bali

2015 SMH ANZ Spectrum Now Master Class – Creativity and Abstraction in Art

2011 Biennale of Sydney Sketch Club September

2009/16 Art Class Sydney

2010-11 Art Est – Master Class Workshops, Painting Foundations

2009/10 Northbridge School of Visual Arts – Oil Painting to Diploma Students

2005 Art History (Contextual Studies) – Raffles Design Institute, Sydney

2005 Drawing – Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre

 

Curator

2014 “Gesture, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery:

2014 “Untethered”, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery,

2012 Blue Mountains Artist Connection -2 exhibitions at The Edge Gallery, The Edge

MegaCinema, Katoomba and 2 exhibitions at Grandview Hotel, Wentworth Falls

2003 “Rewind”, Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst

 

Collections

Public: Muswellbrook Regional Gallery; Bundanon Trust Collection; Sydney

Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW Australia; Artscape Gibraltar Point, Canada.

Corporate: Westfield Pty Ltd; Blulock Pty ltd, Sydney (Acquisitive Art Prize);

Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain

Private: Australia, New Zealand, London, New York, Canada and The Netherlands

Media

“Blue Mountains Bushfire Anniversary: Cycle of Life on Display in Art Exhibtion”

ABC.net.au News, 17th October, 2014

“What Were they Thinking?” Eastside Radio 89.7FM, 30 min interview by Dr Lisa

Anderson on creative process, Monday September 3, 2012

“Art on Line” Breakfast Channel Ten TV, 13/5/12 mentioned by Kath Robinson as

one of favourite Australian artists

“Peak Perfection”, Australian House & Garden, July 2012, p85

“Blackheath Artist Wins Prize”, The Blue Mountains Gazette, 25/4/12 p23

“Creative Space: Gabrielle Jones” by Galia Alena, Method Press Issue 2, Summer

2011 pp 25-34

“Teach, Paint Love: Sharing a Passion for art in Bali” by Katrin Figge, Life and

Times in Jakarta Globe, October 10, 2011

“Country Fusion” by Georgia Madden, in House and Garden, June 2011

“Hot Right Now” Style, SMH June 24 2010

“Gallery Choice”, Insite Magazine; Winter Edition, 2009

“Le Temps d Vivre” les Nouvelles (Tahiti); Vendredi, June 2007

“Gabrielle Jones expose au Meridien” Le Detache, June 2007

“Critic’s Choice”, Melbourne Herald Sun, Feb 2007

“Landscape dreaming” in “Gallery News”, She Magazine; The Sun Herald, 2006

“Second Nature”, Sunanda Creagh, Spotlight, SMH June, 2004

“Solo Flight”, Collector/Lifestyle, Wentworth Courier, June 2004

“Art House”, Restorations and Renovations Magazine, No 2; Sept 2004

 

View an interview with Gabrielle Jones on ABC Radio National by Breakfast Show Host Kia Handley

 

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