New Zealand artist, Gabrielle Pool was born in 1976 and has been exhibiting since 1993. Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, U.S.A, The United Kingdom, Greece, The Bahamas, Germany Hungary The Netherlands, Sweden. and Italy. 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."