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Artist Profiles » Gabrielle Evans

Gabrielle EvansI have been passionate about art since I was young. I am a self-taught artist and I began to paint and experiment with pastel and charcoal in 1996. My subject matter was mainly figurative with a particular interest in the female nude. Although still interested in figurative art my current work has been leaning towards experimentation in more abstract art, focusing on texture and colour. My preferred mediums are oilsticks, oils and acrylics, as well as my old favourite mediums of pastel and charcoal. As a very tactile person I use various texturing processes and mediums and I prefer to use my fingers instead of a brush.

My artwork is constantly evolving as I experiment with new ideas, subjects and techniques. I have been drawn to pacific design, particularly tapa cloth design for some years since studying the subject at university. I have spent time talking to Polynesian tapa cloth makers about their designs and the process of tapa cloth making. I have yet to attempt the actual making of the tapa cloth as it is a very laborious and time consuming process, but I have reinterpreted many of the designs in my work as well as collaging actual tapa cloth onto the canvas.

These series were conceived of while I was in Cornwall in England in 2004. The intense blues of the sea and sky there inspired me to think about the colours of the Pacific. These beautiful blues were also very common on the artwork of Cornish artists and I felt like a change from my then current palette of mainly reds, earthy colours and metallics.

I use various pacific motifs in my work. The motif of the sailing vessel, which can be interpreted as a waka or other type of pacific canoe, evolved out of my Vessels series in which I explored various shapes of vessels. The canoe motif initially was the idea of a wooden kava bowl and, as I explored the idea of a vessel meaning either a container or a sailing vessel, the shape evolved into a canoe. The ammonite impression I use as a motif represents shells found in the Pacific such as the Nautilus shell. In some works I also make impressions of various ferns and leaves native to New Zealand.

As a member of the Academy of Fine Arts and have exhibited in a number of their group exhibitions. I have had one solo exhibition on the theme of love and have participated in group shows around the Wellington region, including two at Pataka Museum. I exhibit in galleries in Auckland, Napier and Wellington. I also work closely with a Wellington interior designer. My work is in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA and England. I have a BA in Art History from Victoria University and currently work from my own studio in Wellington.



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