Gabby’s watercolours are intricate portrayals of blended cultures and beautiful objects. Locally grown fruit and flowers picked and bought near-by are rendered with a warmth and intimacy, forming a conversation between the rarefied, patterned flora that decorates the Chinese ceramics and Malaysian batik fabrics within her images.
Gabby creates many sketches of a single flower or piece of fruit, playing with multiple viewpoints. Compositions are then imagined using a mental assemblage of the images often long after the flower has shed its petals and the oranges have been eaten. Gabby regularly studies butterfly specimens and photos of birds, bringing them to life in her works. Ceramics discovered in junk shops and batik sarongs from her travels around South East Asia are the constants within this series. Gabby simplifies the patterns on these objects, often flattening them out to display a pared-down pattern. By bringing these floral and faunal representations together, Gabby captures the fleetingly beautiful alongside the traditional and enduring.
Antique documents sewn onto the watercolour paper before Gabby begins to paint also give some of her works this sense of history.
Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art
Art Revolution, Taipei (Finalist)
Mosman Art Prize (Finalist)
Fleurieu Food and Wine Art prize (Finalist)
Kirribilli Art Prize (Finalist)
Moreton Bay Art Prize (Finalist)
North Sydney Art Prize (Finalist)
Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize – Still Life (Finalist)
National Trust Harper’s Mansion Art Prize
Hornsby Art Prize
James Kiwi Watercolour Prize
Westmead Hospital Art Prize (Highly Commended)
Watercolour: Blacktown City Art Prize (Highly Commended)