GABRIELLE POOL, AUSTRALIA, B.1976
Established NewZealand/Australian artist Gabrielle Pool has been exhibiting for 27 years. Her painting and mixed media work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, U.S.A, The United Kingdom, Greece and the Bahamas. Partly schooled in Japan, Gabrielle’s early inspiration from her teacher, Mori Sensei led to a powerful oriental influence, with her first solo exhibition in Chiba-Ken at the age of 16.
Today, Gabrielle has held 30 solo shows over the past 26 years and has had numerous invitations to exhibit in selected group exhibitions. She has further been a finalist in the Sulman Prize AGNSW, the Mosman Art Prize and just recently the Paddington Art Prize. Gabrielle is included in leading international private and corporate collections.
In 2004 Gabrielle began to record several of the world's vanishing tribes - the Hamer Tribe in Ethiopia, the Maasai of Kenya, and in 2010, the Indigenous women artists of Utopia in Australia's Northern Territory. Gabrielle has immersed herself in tribal life, often using sacred body paint pigments within her work.
"My painting has always been driven by a desire to preserve and record the history of ancient people and their environments, in a world that seems to be trying its very best to eradicate them and 'civilise' them."
In 2005 Gabrielle was invited by Nelson Mandela to travel to Africa to collaborate in the production of the Unity Series, alongside 20 other leading international artists. The works depicted the five phases of Mandela's life, culminating in his vision for the future, launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland in the same year. The editioned, boxed sets of the prints are currently available, signed by the artists and Nelson Mandela.
Recent years, Gabrielle’s work has included imaging expeditions to Amman Jordan, Budapest Hungary, and the exquisite country around her home and studio in the Northern Rivers.
She now resides and paints in her studio by the Brunswick River in Mullumbimby