Exhibition ‘I Wanna Be Adored Too’ at Art2Muse Gallery 20 March – 2 April 2018
Launch 6pm – 8pm Thursday 22 March 2018
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 18 solo shows in three states of Australia, and at the Goulburn Regional Gallery. She was appointed Artist in Residence at Arthur Boyd’s property at Bundanon; Le Meridien, Tahiti; Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain; Artscape in Toronto, Canada; and at Tweed Regional Gallery.
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 and a finalist in a number of art prizes, including the Fleurieu Biennale, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Norville landscape, Muswellbrook Art Prize, 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 was 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.
Painting for me is process-based. I like to consider the painterliness of the artwork: the formal qualities and manipulations of abstract and physical properties of the paint, used to convey or capture the effect of what I am seeing, thinking about, and experiencing. While going at the canvas with as much energy as I can muster, and trying not to think too much, I conversely end up with musings on life, art, history and contemporary culture etc. Many times, the paintings seem to paint themselves and are a record or externalisation of my thoughts, decisions and social interactions. They are a culmination of internet, creative and observed images, mediated and processed through the act of painting while listening to music.
This body of work riffs on the art I was seeing in trips to India, Italy and France in 2017, particularly religious art and that from the Baroque and Rocco eras. Its form reflects the “busy”ness of contemporary life and movement in travel and music; the lushness and beauty of the surfaces, colours, textures, and the spiritually emotive effect of the painting traditions I was seeing daily.
In particular, I began to reflect on the importance and prevalence of deities in the Canonical art of different cultures, the role of veneration, education and inspiration that such subjects played in the past; and how the grandeur of such subjects contrasts with those in contemporary art and a culture where the “self” (or “selfie”) is paramount. I drew the connection between the historically depicted abstract entities such as ‘gods’ with the process of creativity itself. As an abstract painter I am expressing the ‘otherness’ or sensory elements of a subject in my paintings, as well as the ‘out of body’, timeless and spaceless experiences I encounter when making these paintings.
b. Sydney, Australia
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
Upcoming: Muswellbrook Regional Gallery Solo exhibition May 2018
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
Upcoming: I Wanna Be Adored Too, Solo exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery
Upcoming: Muswellbrook Regional Gallery Solo exhibition May 2018
2017 “I Wanna Be Adored” WestEnd Art Space, Melbourne (4 artist exhibition)
2017 Grefti Gallery, Umbertide, Umbria Italy (Solo Exhibirion, June 9-August 6)
2017 “Shape Shifters” Collab Gallery (Curated Croup Exhibition),
2017 A Look at Landscape III (Rex-Livingston Art & Objects, Katoomba Curated Group Exhibition)
2017 Christmas Group Exhibition, Rex-Livingston Art+Objects, Katoomba
2016 Wicked Games Solo exhibition, Art2Muse, Sydney
2016 New Paintings, Solo Exhibition Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha
2016 “Roaming” Solo exhibition, GalleryOne88 Fine Art, Katoomba
2016 “In Abstraction” ARO Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney (Curated Group Exhibition)
2016 Curated Inaugural Exhibition, Tortoiseshell Gallery, Elizabeth Bay, Syd.
2015 “Natural Selection” Solo Exhibition, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Syd.
2015 “Sensing”, Solo Exhibition, Walcha Gallery of Art, Walcha
2015 “Convergence” Curated Exhibition, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar School
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, Curated exhibition, Platform 72, Sydney
2015 Lindfield art Show
2015 ACS International Art Retreats, Ubud, Bali
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, with Joan Ross, Joanna
Logue, Ona Janzen, Kayo Yokoyama.
Selected Awards, Prizes & Commissions
2017 Finalist Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art prize
2017 St George Hospital Commission Works on Paper +Large Painting 2016 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Award Drawing Prize
2016 Feature Artist (17 Pieces), Ambience Project #7, Newstead, Brisbane curated by Carrie McCarthy of “Cultural Flannerie” blog.
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
2015 SMH ANZ Spectrum Now Master Class – Creativity and Abstraction in Art
2014 Highly Commended, Blackheath Art Prize (Tony Bond, ex Curator International Art, Art Gallery NSW, Judge)
2014 Fishers Ghost Drawing and Print Awards
2014 $8000 St George Art Prize. Theme: “Transformation”
Selected Achievements since 2003
Gabrielle was appointed drawing instructor 2012 Sydney Biennale events; curated two exhibitions at Coorah Contemporary Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar School in 2014; won or been highly commended in a number of prizes including the William Fletcher Trust Grant; and included as a finalist Fleurieu Biennale, Portia Geach, Mosman, Norville, Muswellbrook, Calleen, St George, Duke Gold Coast; Borough of Queenscliff 150th Anniversary; Korea Australia Art Foundation and Fishers Ghost Art Awards (Three years in a row) and the Kedumba Drawing Prize. She has been commissioned for major works by Ku-ring-Gai and St George Hospitals and Alita Retirement Home Wahroonga and Petalura Aged Care, Katoomba. Her work has been selected in curated shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, New York and Korea; and acquired by Muswellbrook Regional Gallery; and included in public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, New York, Canada, Italy and London
View an interview with Gabrielle Jones on ABC Radio National by Breakfast Show Host Kia Handley