Jennifer Gabbay

Represented Artist

Jennifer Gabbay

Represented Artist

As shapes and colours disintegrate into fragments, Jennifer Gabbay’s creates images through diffusion and distortion, striving to express movement and rhythm and an emotive spirit in her oil paintings.

Her studio in the Blue Mountains provides her with an inspiring base to explore her observations of her travels and experiences of everyday surrounding beauty.

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 ARTIST STATEMENT

My oil paintings have evolved into a distinctive style via the disintegration of shapes and colours into fragments thus creating images through diffusion and distortion.  I strive to express movement and rhythm as well as an emotive spirit through illusions.

My work focuses on merging ideas, diverse cultural customs and personal experiences into contemporary abstracted images of both the figurative and visible worlds. The distortions of movement and colour evoke radiance and diversity.

Colour is energy that suggests rhythm. The vibrations of excitement cannot physically be touched but they pulsate and draw the viewer into my world. The energy producing vibrations transform and inform painting; to paraphrase Wassily Kandinsky, the choice of an object or subject is decided only by a corresponding vibration in the human soul.

Breaking down motion via the interpretation of expressive mark-making generates sensation and spirituality taking me on a journey from initial ideas through to painting the work. The reconfiguration of the traditional becomes an illusion of painterly motion, a diffusion of light and colour interactions – distortion changes an object’s usual shape to communicate ideas and feelings.

Works are painted in oil on board, a support that lends itself to my work through the blending of colour saturation; this breeds lushness. The working process, an immersion of self, directs me to meticulously apply fine brushstrokes. Gradually the work comes into focus from genesis to intense layering of colour and mark-making. I generally work in series.

The freedom to make contemporary art allows me to combine thoughts and materials, thereby responding subjectively and spiritually from concept to execution.

EDUCATION

2011  Diploma Fine Arts – TAFE Western Sydney Institute
2003 Expressive Abstract Painting Summer School – CSU Bathurst
1986-1990 Art Students’ League NYC with William Scharf, New York USA
1965-1969 John Ogburn Studio; Joe Rose Studio – Sydney
1963-1965 Studies with Prof. Maximillian Feuerring – Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Intensely Floral, Day Fine Art, Blackheath NSW
2016 In Bloom, Day Fine Art, Blackheath NSW
2015 Illumination, Day Fine Art, Blackheath NSW
2012 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW
2010 Sara Roney Gallery, Sydney NSW
2009 Event Horizon Gallery, Katoomba NSW
2007 Featured Artist, Gallery Blackheath, Blackheath NSW
1997 Carousels I, Australian Consulate-General, New York USA
1996 Portraits & Poses, ACG, New York USA
1995 Stillness & Movement, ACG, New York USA
1994 Mostly Faces, ACG,  New York USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 KAB Gallery, Terrigal NSW
2018 Petals & Pods, Rochfort Gallery, Sydney NSW
2018 Blue Mountains Portraits, BM Cultural Centre, Katoomba NSW
2017 Collectors’ Edition, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba NSW
2014 Day Fine Art,  Blackheath NSW
2013 The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
2012 CoCo’s Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath NSW
2012 The Idea of Water, Blacktown City Arts Centre, Blacktown NSW
2011 Lay of the Land, University of Western Sydney, Sydney NSW
2009 In Colour In Farbe Exhibition, Katoomba NSW
2009 On the Boil, TAP Gallery, Sydney NSW
2008 Fusion Point, ATVP, Newtown NSW
2008 Event Horizon Gallery, Katoomba NSW
2008  CoCo’s  Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath NSW
2008 Gallery 26, Sydney NSW
2007 About A Woman, TAP Gallery, Sydney NSW
2006 CoCo’s Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath NSW
2002-pres Blackheath Art Society, Blackheath NSW
1992 Cornell Medical Center Library, New York USA
1988-1992 Lenox Hill Artists Forum, New York USA

PRIZES, AWARDS AND RESIDENCES

2015 First Prize – Blackheath Art Society Easter Art Exhibition
2015 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize
2014 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Art Award
2014 Finalist – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
2013 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize
2013 Acquisition by Blacktown City Council
2013 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Art Award
2013 First Prize – Blackheath Art Society Winter Exhibition
2011 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Art Award
2011 Finalist – Calleen Art Award
2010 Front Cover – Narrator Magazine
2010 ArtSMART Workshops – Parramatta Artists Studios
2010 Artist Residency Cataract Gorge – Launceston City Council,  Tasmania
2009 Finalist – Liverpool Art Prize
2009 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition
2009 Selected – Muswellbrook Open Art Prize
2009 Judge’s Prize – B.Art Exhibition, Katoomba
2008 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition
2008 Student Painting Acquisition Prize – TAFE Western Sydney
2007 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Exhibition
2007 West MacDonnell Ranges Painting Safari
2006 Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition
2006 First Prize – Blackheath Art Society Easter Art Exhibition
1989 Artist Residency Cummington Mass. USA

Collections ~ Public, corporate and private collections USA, Europe, Asia, Australia

 

 

 

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