“For Gloria” is a painting dedicated to my dear friend. The painting of a bouquet was started during the time Gloria passed away. In the process of finishing the painting, I was thinking of Gloria and how much she had touched my life for many years. The artwork took on its own dynamic energy and fearless beauty, somehow in color and composition described to me Gloria’s spirit.”
About the Artist, Paula Gabriel:
Paula Gabriel grew up in California. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BFA in painting. From Berkeley, Paula moved to Paris France, establishing herself as an artist and finding an artistic community there. Her influences at the time were the Abstract Expressionists and Bay Area Artists. Living in Paris, she soon discovered contemporary European artists, seeing their work first hand, along with frequenting the magnificent museums of Europe had an enormous impact on her art. Paula was represented by a gallery both in Paris and Frankfurt, Germany, along with exhibiting regularly at the Basel Art Fair, Cologne Art Fair and Paris Art Fair.
In 1989, Paula moved to Connecticut with her husband, Reza, where they raised their children. She continued exhibiting her art nationally, especially in Connecticut, California, and Colorado. In 2014, Paula had her first New York City solo exhibition at the John Molloy Gallery and she was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2018, she was in a group show, Nor’Eastern, at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Paula’s work is in many private collections.
Paula’s art juxtaposes her rhythmic composition, color, layering and gestural mark making using nature as her inspiration. She uses a variety of mediums; acrylic, spray paint, pigment, and ink on paper, wood panel and aluminum surfaces.