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About Jennifer Gabbay

EDUCATION
2011 Diploma Fine Arts TAFE Western Sydney Institute Sydney
2003 Expressive Abstract Painting Summer School CSU Bathurst
1986-1990 Art Students’ League NYC with William Scharf New York USA
1965-1969 John Ogburn Studio; Joe Rose Studio Sydney
1963-1965 Studies with Prof. Maximillian Feuerring Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick
2010 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney
2009 Event Horizon Gallery Katoomba
1997 “Carousels I” Australian Consulate-General New York USA
1996 “Portraits & Poses” ACG New York USA
1995 “Stillness & Movement” ACG New York USA
1994 “Mostly Faces” ACG New York USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Blacktown
2013 Selected Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney
2013 The Milk Factory Gallery Bowral
2012 CoCo’s 2012 Contemporary Colourists Blackheath
2012 Invited “The Idea of Water” Blacktown City Arts Centre Blacktown
2011 Selected Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney
2011 Invited “Lay of the Land” University of Western Sydney Sydney
2011 Selected Finalist Calleen Art Award Cowra
2009 “In Colour In Farbe” Exhibition Katoomba
2009 Selected Finalist Liverpool Art Prize Liverpool
2009 Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition Blacktown
2009 “On the Boil” Exhibition TAP Gallery Sydney
2009 Muswellbrook Open Art Prize Muswellbrook
2008 Fusion Point Exhibition ATVP Newtown
2008-2010 Event Horizon Gallery Katoomba
2008 Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition Blacktown
2008 TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisition Prize Kingswood
2008 CoCo’s 2008 Contemporary Colourists Blackheath
2008 Gallery 26 Sydney
2007 Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown
2007 “About A Woman” TAP Gallery Sydney
2007 Featured Artist ~ Gallery Blackheath
2006 Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition Blacktown
2006 COCO’s 2006 Contemporary Colourists Blackheath
2002-pres Blackheath Art Society
1992 Cornell Medical Center Library New York USA
1988-1992 Lenox Hill Artists Forum New York USA

PRIZES, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2013 Acquisition by Blacktown City Council Blacktown
2013 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award – National Trust NSW Sydney
2013 First Prize Blackheath Art Society Winter Exhibition
2011 + 2013 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award – National Trust NSW Sydney
2010 Front Cover ~ Narrator Magazine Blue Mountains
2010 ArtSMART Workshops Parramatta Artists Studios
2010 Launceston City Council Artist Residency Cataract Gorge Tasmania
2009 Euan MacLeod Judge’s Prize B Art Exhibition Katoomba
2008 Winner TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisitive Prize Kingswood
2007 West MacDonnell Ranges Painting Safari Central Australia
2006 First Prize Blackheath Art Society Easter Art Exhibition
1989 Artist Residency Cummington Mass. USA


Collections ~ Public, corporate and private collections USA, Europe, Asia, Australia

Artist Statement

Since evolving into a distinctive style via the disintegration of shapes and colours into fragments and thus creating images through diffusion and distortion, I strive to express movement and rhythm as well as emotive spirit through illusions.
My work focuses on merging ideas, diverse cultural customs and personal experience into abstracted images of both figurative and visible worlds. The distortions of movement and colour evoke radiance and diversity.

Colour is energy that suggests rhythm. The vibrations of excitement cannot physically be touched but they pulsate and draw the viewer into my world. The energy producing vibrations transform and inform painting; to paraphrase Wassily Kandinsky, the choice of an object or subject is decided only by a corresponding vibration in the human soul.

Breaking down motion via the interpretation of expressive mark-making generates sensation and spirituality taking me on a journey from initial ideas through to painting the work. The reconfiguration of the traditional becomes an illusion of painterly motion, a diffusion of light and colour interactions - distortion changes an object’s usual shape to communicate ideas and feelings.
Works are painted in oil on board, a support that lends itself to my work through the blending of colour saturation; this breeds lushness. The working process, an immersion of self, directs me to meticulously apply fine brushstrokes. Gradually the work comes into focus from genesis to intense layering of colour and mark-making. I generally work in series.

The freedom to make contemporary art allows me to combine thoughts and materials, thereby responding subjectively and spiritually from concept to execution.

All works are painted on board (unless otherwise specified). Boards are professionally constructed and have a solid frame on all four sides - then the timber board top is attached. Timber is then sealed and gesso'd (just like a canvas is treated) followed by an undercoat before the painting has been commenced. As the painting is extended to 'wrap-around' the frame, there is no need to add any further framing to the painting. All works are painted in an acrylic layer followed by an oil paint layer then finally finished with varnish.

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