Commission for North Shore Residential Renovation
I was given a commission for a large 75 x 100cm Acrylic painting on paper for the above development. Perfume II was based on one of my prints, Perfume I but the colours adjusted to suit the designer’s vision.
Commission for Allity – Upscale retirement home in Wahroonga
I was given a commission for a large 1m x 2m painting to be the centrepiece of the recreation area in the above development. Enchanted Light was the result, and the development also included another three paintings of mine, as well as eight Art Prints. The other paintings include: Mirror Mirror, PassionPlay, Shimmer and Drop. The development will be open in March 2016
Finalist for the second year in a row: Fishers Ghost Drawing Prize, Campbelltown Regional Gallery
Happy to have been chosen again as a finalist for the prestigious Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Drawing Section. The exhibition ran from 31 October -12 December, 2015
Commission of five works for the Hornsby Ku-Ring-gai Hospital
Five works from the Folded Series of works on paper are now hanging in the new hospital wing. A number of artists were commissioned to make artworks responding to the natural environment of the hospital, adjacent to the National Park, to distract from treatments and beautify the halls and rooms where many patients spend time recovering and receiving treatment. A beautiful catalogue has been produced for patients and their loved ones to peruse the collection. You can find more like this here
Artwork at Petalura Village, Uniting Care Independent Living
My painting, Abundance II is now hanging at this great development in Katoomba
New England regional Gallery Packsaddle 30th Anniversary Exhibition
I’ve been invited into this exhibition which rises money for the gallery. The following works will be exhibited from 30th October to 15th November 2016
Detail: Rhodo Burst 65 x 50cm More details here
Beginning 30x30cm More details here
Overhang 51 x 35cm More details here
ABC Radio National Local Radio (Orange) interview with Kia Handley, Breakfast Show host, about life as an artist, to coincide with a fridge door painting project
You can hear the extensive interview here
or find the MP# here
Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery
21st July -3rd August, 2015
This is my 13th Solo Show and eighth exhibition in Sydney. Following on from the exhibition in Walcha, these works derive from nature: specifically, the gardens and landscape of my home in the Blue Mountains. They are not, obviously, portraits of a scene, but hopefully elicit recognition of a terrain, a name we can’t quite recall; one that stands its ground authentically. See the exhibition here
Exhibition at Walcha Gallery
I will be having an exhibition at Walcha Gallery with one other artist, opening on Friday May 1st 6-8pm.This exhibition brings together about 19 paintings from the Garden Series, which flowed from my brush after a move to a garden block in theBlue Mountains that required lots of loving care to return it to its former glory.
The exhibition continues for a couple of months, so there’s plenty of time to plan a trip to this historic and pretty town, in the heart of Cattle Country.
Walcha Gallery Of Art
15n Derby St
0488 775 891
See the Exhibition here
Gabrielle Jones, Ravine, 120 x 90cm Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Interview with Arts Writer Laura Castino
I was recently interviewed on all things art- process, highest achievements, residency experiences, wish lists of artists to collaborate with… You can read the full interview here
Finalist in both Drawing and Painting Prizes
$60K Muswellbrook Art Prize
Very happy to report that I have been selected in both the Open Painting and Drawing Prizes in the Muswellbrook Art Prize, judged by Anne Ryan, Curator Australian Prints Drawings and Watercolour at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Opening night is on Saturday, 28 February and the exhibition continues until 1h April at Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Corner Bridge & William Sts, Muswellbrook – Open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 1pm.
Above Left: Catchment 101 x 101cm Oil on Canvas; Right: Untethered (Last Flight) 180 x 90cm Ink on Paper
Art To Art – featured my work for Christmas
Philippa at Art to Art put together a wonderful newsletter to promote my work (along withthat of others) for Christmas. She located the work in interiors, making it look its best. Very happy with the Shout out.
the pics are above and you can buy the work through Art to Art or direct from the website here
Finalist Hornsby Art Prize
Image: Gabrielle Jones Ancestral Dance, Oil and Spray Enamel on Canvas, 101 x 101cm
Both Gabrielle Jones (Director/Tutor) and student Peter Cook have been named as finalists in the Hornsby Art Prize. The Open Prize is valued at over $6000 and was judged by Brenda May, Gallerist, Leo Robba and Rew Hanks, both artists. The prizes will be announced on November 22.
ABC Interview to commemorate one year since Blue Mountains Bush fires
As some of you may remember, I camped out at Mt Irvine after the October 2013 bush fires that devastated areas of the Blue Mountains, recording in drawings and paintings the effect of the fires on the area. The ABC, in re-visiting how these areas were recovering, interviewed me and a photographer to coincide with the Mt Wilson/Mt Irvine Rural Bush Fire Fundraising Art Show, held on the weekend of 18th and 19th October. I had a couple of artworks here, and one drawing sold!.
You can see the interview here:
Finalist in Fishers Ghost Art Awards
This work, “Untethered (Last Flight) ” 180 x 90cm Ink and specimen pins on Architectural paper, by Gabrielle Jones, Art Class Sydney Tutor, was selected as a finalist in the drawing category at the prestigious Fishers Ghost Art Award. The exhibition will be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Exhibition runs from 25 October to 14 December 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown
Finalist St George Art Prize
Very Happy to have my painting, “Come Tangle With Me” Selected for the $8000 St George Art Prize at Hurstville Museum and Gallery. The theme for this year was “Transformation”.
The colours, elements and shapes of natural materials and landscape structures have borrowed and transformed or abstracted from reality, and re-imagined to evoke a visceral, bodily experience where naturalism is interwoven with the process of looking and the joy of movement through the bush.
This work is about the glimpses of nature and the speed at which such impressions mentally amalgamate to create a personal reality, memory or new vision of the Australian Bush. The work invites viewers to recall the physicality of their own half-remembered sojourns; to recognise natural structures, elements, or shapes seen or glimpsed; and to make your own comparisons, to transform them into meaning or stories from this sensory overload, drawing on your own history with the local area, its gardens, walks, mountains.
Official Opening and Prize Announcement Friday 17th October
Hurstville City Museum and Gallery
14 MacMahon St
Exhibition continues until Sunday December 14
Gesture- Second Curatorial Project
Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar School.
The opening of my second curatorial project on Saturday, September 13was very successful, with around 60 people attending the festivities. The exhibition was a challenge to make the works of thirteen, mid-career artists, all in different styles, media and sizes, hold their place on the wall and yet provide a co-hesive exhibition. I am very grateful for the support of the artists, the school, and those who attended.
You can find more installation photos of the exhibition Here.
Untethered Exhibition – First Curatorial Project
Coorah Contemporary Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar School
L_R Sally Herron (head, Visual Art); Ona Janzen; Joan Ross; Gabrielle Jones: Joanna Logue: kayo Yokoyama: Trevor Barham (Headmaster) at Blue Mountains Grammar School
I have curated another exhibition, featuring artists Joan Ross, Joanna Logue, Kayo Yokoyama, Ona Janzen and myself, that addresses the theme “Untethered”. These artists exhibit unbridled imagination in their exploration of material, subject matter, physical and psychological states, historical context, scale, and execution in this mixed media exhibition, and reflect practitioners at the top of their game.
Ross’ witty, hand painted pigment prints offer a tale of Australia untethered from any found in history texts. The work confronts us with colonial references made strange through historical juxtaposition; with open narratives, disruptive chronologies, and playful collaging, re-visioning nineteenth century European aesthetics in a measured response to the multi-layered, often paradoxical mix of the brutal, the beautiful, the emotional and the institutional that is colonialism’s legacy.
This contrast in environment, becoming untethered from her long-standing home in Oberon, has shifted her perceptions and inspired different approaches to her work. Whilst in the city Joanna paints landscapes relying mainly on memory, conjuring a painting by looking inward and accessing a remembered sensation. On returning to her country studio, her practice changes dramatically-she paints from life, to really observe, to be obedient to what the landscape presents. This constant pushing and pulling between emotional and intellectual approaches creates an interesting dialectic – a kind of ebb and flow between certainty and uncertainty, between knowing and not knowing, and in a way this speaks of the ephemeral, transient nature of the landscape.
Kayo Yokoyama’s exquisite glass works explore the medium of glass in a contemporary context. Kayo was born and grew up in Japan and later decided to expatriate to America and then Australia in pursuit of an idealised Western life. Tracing this experience of bringing her modern Japanese heritage to Western cultures, being untethered from her Japanese roots, has led her to question her identity. The artworks on display are a reflection of the journey from her childhood dream of being a Westerner to her mature acknowledgement of who she is today. Kayo talks of imagining herself sitting inside or outside her small works, her “identity” if you will, staring at the world around her, finding her “Sanctuary”- the place, real, imagined or from a book -where we go, mentally or physically, to find comfort when we feel happy, delighted or sad: a place to belong and feel safe. Her creativity is that sanctuary.
Ona Janzen, on the other hand, exhibits moody photographic portraits that are of youth’s search for freedom or for the “self”, untethered from the presence of, and roles assigned by, family or society. In these portraits, Ona has captured a moment, a pause, a space between frames and time. As the photographer, she asks her subjects to close their eyes, be present, breathe, to feel the earth; to become unleashed from expectations and from how they feel they ‘should’ be behaving, feeling, acting. During the process, the subjects are sequestered from their family, and thus, from who they usually are, so that we may glimpse the emerging self frozen in the moment of capture.
Gabrielle’s gestural, let’s say “unleashed” abstract paintings reinterpret place, and the overwhelming physicality of the Australian bush. They were made in her studio in Wild Valley Art Park in Wentworth Falls and take their cue from her experience of the beauty of the Blue Mountains walking trails. However, the paintings are clearly not illusionistic-the colours, elements and shapes of natural materials and landscape structures are borrowed and manipulated, untethered from reality, and re-imagined to evoke a visceral, bodily experience where naturalism is interwoven with the process of looking and the joy of movement through the bush.
The works on display great creativity and include digital art, glass, photography, painting and works on paper.
Coorah Contemporary Gallery
Blue Mountains Grammar School, Matcham Ave, Wentworth Falls (enter through Reception)
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
Current Exhibition: The new “Coorah Gallery”, Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls
Im thrilled to be included in this exhibition of five local artists, including Michael Herron, Time Allen (Defiance Gallery),Rhett Brewer, and Leo Robba (King St Gallery). The exhibition is on until May 30. Opening Hours 10-3pm
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Interview with Ken Sparkes for Xinhua News
On Thursday 22nd January, I was interviewed at some length by Ken Sparkes, Senior Journalist for Xinhua News, a Chinese television station that reaches some multiple BILLIONS (yes, I thought I heard wrong as well) around the world. The interview is in English and may be translated for Chinese expatriots living internationally, and for those who speak English but have an interest in Chinese affairs. The television crew were at Wild Valley Art Park, where my studio is located, to do a segment which will appear in a 30 minute program about the Blue Mountains. The show will be produced in Australia and sent o Beijing for broadcast in the next few months. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the interview remains in tact.
Sold! Gabrielle Jones, Patchwork Sun, 122 x 152cm Oil on Canvas
Did you know that art is an allowable investment by your Super fund?
An SMSF can still invest in art, so long as you are very careful to follow the more stringent rules. You’ll also need to do your research regarding the costs of storage, insurance and valuation. You can find the ATO article here. Or if you’d like to know more, contact Louise at Remedy Financial 0412 326 175, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finalist Korea Australia Art Foundation Art Prize
Image: Wild Valley, 11am; 91 x 83cm Oil on Canvas
Gabrielle’s painting, Wild Valley 11am has been selected as one of 37 finalists in the inaugural KAAf Art Prize. The judging will occur late rin the month with presentation to the winner at a gala reception at the Korea Cultural Office in Elizabeth Street on Friday 29th November, 2014.
Upcoming exhibition: Westmead Hospital
Thursday 17 July till Tuesday 10 October 8
Although details are yet to be finalised, I will be exhibiting approximately 30 artworks in the main corridor of Westmead Hospital. There will be a mix of old and new artworks and a donation of 20% of all sales will be made to the hospital. For a complete list of artworks on sale, please contact me.
Blue Mountains and Lithgow Tourism Interview
Wild Valley Art Park, where I have my studio in Wentworth Falls, was featured in their blog by the Blue Mountains & Lithgow Tourist Board. And they interviewed me, as the longest occupying artist. You can read more here
Open Studio Sunday 7th July
Fancy a drive to the beautiful Blue Mountains? … especially now that the sun is out! I’ll have an open studio as part of the Blue Mountains Artist’s Studio Trail, celebrated with selected artworks on sale and new works on the studio for viewing. The studio is set in the grounds of Wild Valley Art Park where a walk in the surrounds and a coffee await. Pictures of my studio and surrounds can be found here: and the address and a map here
New York exhibition
Three of my works have been selected to be shown in an exhibition in New York’s “Exhibition Space” in Long Island City, entitled “The
Story of the Creative”. The exhibition showcases multiple mediums from artists representing100 different countries, chosen from 700,000 members. Exhibition is at:
See | Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
25th July to September 7
Two paintings featured in “Beautiful and Glamorous” June/July 2013 Issue of Belle Magazine.
Thanks to twice-nominated Residential Interior Designer of the Year, Greg Natale Designs, two of my paintings, “Rock Solid” and “Bondi” were featured in an article about a “Beautiful and Glamorous” renovation of a house in Sydney. The owner loved my work and suggested Greg choose two paintings, which he did and the result can be seen on pages 140 and 142 of an eight page feature in the June July Issue of Belle Magazine. You can see the original images here: Rock Solid and Bondi.
New! Virtual Home Trials
If you want to see how much you’ll love the artwork in your home, the first step is to trial it in your home, virtually! This is a great idea, especially if you live interstate, overseas or in a regional area.
What we need:
- A clear, well lit photo of the space you think the painting will be perfect for in your home
- The photo should include some of the furniture or room details that will allow us to judge the scale of the painting in the room (eg a sofa, a wall unit, the door frames, a window)
- The Image should be sent as a jpeg file (most cameras and smart phones automatically load files as jpeg). The image colours should be as accurate as possible
- The file size should be no more than 2MB
We will then scale and insert the image into your photo, so you have a better idea of how much you’ll love the artwork in your home.
Please note that this service is FREE and provides only an approximation of size, to the best of our abilities, and is affected by the initial image you have supplied.
Also new! Seven Day Free Home Trial – Sydney or Blue Mountains
If you are still unsure about your selected artwork, we offer a seven day home trial in Sydney Metropolitan area and in the Blue Mountains. Delivery and Pick ups are on Thursday (day time only) or strictly by appointment on 0410 622 264.
Delivery and Pick up at other times than Thursday may incur a fee.
Comfort Zone Solo exhibition: Danks St Depot 2 Gallery, April/May 2013
A successful and fun night was held for the opening of the solo show, with artists, friends and collectors mingling and thankfully, buying. Two works even sold prior to the installation of the show – from Facebook Images!! Both buyers report being extremely happy with their purchases – Birth of the Poet (RC) went to a Bayside, Melbourne home, whilst Fly Boy flew off to the Sutherland Shire in Sydney.
Finalist: Borough of Queenscliff 150th Anniversary Art Award
Just announced as a finalist, my painting By the Dam will be exhibited in the 150th Anniversary celebration art awards in Queenscliff Victoria. The Exhibition of finalists will be held across three Galleries in Queenscliff: Salt Contemporary Art, Seaview Gallery and Tussock Upstairs from Saturday 4 May to 19 May. If you’re in the area, drop in to see my work at Salt Gallery, 33-35 Hesse Street.
Finalist: $17k Calleen Art Ward
Town & Country, painted in response to a recent move to the Blue Mountains, 2 hours west of Sydney, was announced as a finalist in the prestigious Calleen Art Prize, to be judged by Anne Flannagan, Deputy Director, AGNSW. The painting refers to the blur, joy and necessity of time spent racing to and from my two “homes”. It will be exhibited at Cowra Regional Gallery, 5 May to 16 June, 77 Darling St Cowra. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4pm and Sundays 2-4pm
Finalist: $30k Muswellbrook Art Prize
My painting Comfort Zone has been selected as one of 45 finalists in the Muswellbrook Art Prize. The prize is an open category prize and finalists will be exhibited at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook.
When: 24 March – 12 May 2013
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 1pm; Mondays by appointment only; Closed public holidays; 11am till 6pm Tuesday to Saturday
On the Radio
Dr Lisa Anderson has an arts radio program on Eastside 89.7 FM each weeknight from 6-6:30 pm called: “What were they thinking?”. She interviewed Gabrielle about her painting inspiration, the residencies undertaken and the creative process.
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