New Zealand artist, Gabrielle Pool was born in 1976 and has been exhibiting since 1993. Her painting and mixed media work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, U.S.A, The United Kingdom, Greece and the Bahamas. Partly schooled in Japan, Gabrielle’s early inspiration from her teacher, Mori Sensei led to a powerful oriental influence, with her first solo exhibition in Chiba-Ken at the age of 16.
Today, Gabrielle has held 30 solo shows over the past 26 years and has had numerous invitations to exhibit in selected group exhibitions. She has further been a finalist in the Sulman Prize AGNSW, the Mosman Art Prize and is included in leading international private and corporate collections.
In 2004 Gabrielle began to record several of the world's vanishing tribes - the Hamer Tribe in Ethiopia, the Maasai of Kenya, and in 2010, the Indigenous women artists of Utopia in Australia's Northern Territory. Gabrielle has immersed herself in tribal life, often using sacred body paint pigments within her work. "My painting has always been driven by a desire to preserve and record the history of ancient people and their environments, in a world that seems to be trying its very best to eradicate them and 'civilize' them."
In 2005 Gabrielle was invited by Nelson Mandela to travel to Africa to collaborate in the production of the Unity Series, alongside 20 other leading international artists. The works depicted the five phases of Mandela's life, culminating in his vision for the future, launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland in the same year. The editioned, boxed sets of the prints are currently available, signed by the artists and Nelson Mandela.
Recently Gabrielle’s concerns have included imaging expeditions to Amman Jordan, Budapest Hungary, and the exquisite country around her home and studio in Nana Glen, Northern NSW.
“Now I am celebrating this vast country of Australia and the exquisitely beautiful shire around my home. Painting the landscape with an echo of the people who have populated and farmed it, I would like to pay tribute to this land and to the ancestors and forefathers who developed it”.