Hi! I'm Celine
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.
"I’m a champion of colour and exuberance. I want the joy and pleasure I have making my works to go with them. An unexpected pop, a wow moment on an ordinary day."
Awards & Grants
2022 Arts Nova Scotia presentation grant
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Arts Nova Scotia is the provincial funding agency that provides support to professional artists and arts organizations, arts education programs and a number of arts awards and prizes.
2021 Finalist Salt springs National Art Prize
Salt Springs, British Columbia
The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, with the Finalist exhibition taking place from September 24 – October 25, 2021, at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Offering $41,000 in awards to Canadian visual artists.
The intent of SSNAP is to advance public appreciation of Canadian visual art and encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.
2020 Winner People's Choice
Congrats to Celine Gabrielle this year's People's Choice Winner for the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition presented by Deserres.
Exhibits & Fairs
2022 Toronto, Ontario | The Petroff Gallery, solo show
2022 Toronto, Ontario | The Artist Project Toronto, featured artist
2021 Salt Springs, British Columbia | Salt Springs National Art Prize Exhibit, finalist
2021 New York City, USA | Superfine Art Fair
2021 Halifax, Nova Scotia | The Craig Gallery, "Something Completely Different" VANS mentorship exhibit
2021 Wolfville, Nova Scotia | Acadia University Art Gallery, "ALONE" group show, curated by Dr. Laurie Dalton
2021 Kentville, Nova Scotia | Tides Contemporary Art Gallery, "Vivrant Thang" solo show
2020 Online | The Other Art Fair Los Angeles Online Studio, (virtual fair due to Covid-19)
2020 Online | I Like Your Work, "Congruence" curated by gallerist Bridgette Mayer (virtual fair due to Covid-19)
2020 Online | Superfine NYCx3 (virtual fair due to Covid-19)
2020 Toronto, Ontario | The Artist Project Toronto featured as an Untapped Emerging Artist
2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia | Argyle Fine Art, "Pre-Shrunk" group show
2020 Kentville, Nova Scotia | Member of Tides Contemporary Gallery artist collective
2019 Wolfville, Nova Scotia | Acadia University Art Gallery "28th Annual Acadia Art Exhibit" group show
2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia | Argyle Fine Art, "Pre-Shrunk" group show
2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia | Argyle Fine Art, "Under the Influence" group show
ART, OK COOL PODCAST
Celine is the creator and co-host of "ART, ok cool"
Celine and her co-host Jade Usackas talk all about life as artists. Specifically emerging artists. The ins and outs, the ups and downs, the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes stuff. The good the bad and everything else in between, they talk about it all!
Some of the most popular episodes include
S1 EP 3 Sharing Art with the World
S2 EP 10 Monetizing Your Art Practice
S1 EP 18 Online Shop and Show Prep
2022 Color Me Happy Money Mindset and more with Celine Gabrielle
2022 Conversations with Cara S1 EP5
2022 I Like Art S1 EP18
2021 Arts To Hearts S1 EP53
2021 Art For Your Ear by The Jealous Curator Episode 212
2021 The Artist Business Plan S2 EP6