I love bright, bright colours, in big hunks and chunks. Details zoomed in on. Light and shadows, folded-in-on itself to present something altogether different but recognizable. Alluring and intriguing. Never boring. Always engaging. Right now that comes out as paintings, on big canvases, close-up slightly abstract and yet incredibly crisp at the same time.
As a child of the 80's/90's not only was I influenced by the bold in your face neon colours, big shoulder pads and modern technology take over, I was also greatly influenced by both my baby boomer parents and my grandparents. I'm very inspired by pop culture, fashion, style, design and architecture across many generations as far back as the 1920's art deco and flapper girls right through to the 2000's mega stars like Lady Gaga and the haute couture trends of today. As a self taught artist I'm influenced by the well known artists I had access to, many popularized in pop culture like Tamara de Lempicka, Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso.
My work takes from my obsession with fashion and that the clothes we wear is how we tell the world who we are, or maybe who we aspire to be. Sometimes it speaks our culture and can connect us to a place or time in history. Sometimes it blurs the lines of all that. It always tells a story.
I start with an image or a piece of clothing that inspires me. It has to speak to me. I’m slow. I work in many layers. I start with acrylic to block in main colours and shapes quickly. Then I switch to oils. I take my time carefully studying my references and refining section by section.
I love that my paintings look realistic from far, but up close as I work it's just abstract colour and shapes—like an illusion.
I create because it’s fun, it challenges me and gives me energy. I’m a champion of colour and exuberance. I want the joy and pleasure I have making my works to go with them. Like coming home to a bouquet of wildflowers on the kitchen table—an unexpected pop, a wow moment on an ordinary day.
2020 Winner People's Choice Untapped Emerging Artist=The Artist Project Toronto
Congrats to Celine Gabrielle (@celinegabrielleart), this year's People's Choice Winner for the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition presented by @DeSerres
“As a self taught 40 year old emerging artist from a small town in Nova Scotia I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the 20 Untapped artist for 2019. I didn’t really know what to expect and I was totally blown away. The fair was incredible, the visitors so kind and friendly and my fellow untapped artists...well let’s just say I’ve made some friends for life. Getting the news that I’d also won the People’s Choice Award was totally over-the-top and unexpected. I’m so proud and can’t thank you; Artist Project, DeSerres and everyone who voted for me enough! I plan to continue to learn, grow and work hard on my art to bring my best again next year!”
2020 May 1
2021 February 18-21
The Artist Project Toronto
2020 The Artist Project Toronto featured Untapped Emerging Artist
2020 Member of Tides Contemporary Gallery artist collective
2019 "Squares of Stickyness" group show, Argyle Fine Art
2019 “28th Annual Acadia Art Exhibit” group show, Acadia University Art Gallery
2018 “Pre-Shrunk” group show, Argyle Fine Art
2018 “Under the Influence” group show, Argyle Fine Art