New Zealand born Gabryel Harrison lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She completed a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Ottawa in 1980, later fulfilling post-graduate requirements to become an art therapist in 1992, a field she worked in until 1996, and thereafter in the creative arts field. Harrison has devoted herself to painting full time since 1999.
"My paintings are evocations of states of mind and the constant transformations in the sea of the senses, the ever-changing landscape of the emotions and the mutable mind reflected in the surrounding natural world."
Working in translucent layers of oil paint, the artist sometimes incorporates crushed rose petals or other organic or inorganic matter that becomes a physical carrier of meaning and memory. Gold leaf is occasionally used in symbolic reference to the transmutation of human consciousness, the objective of spiritual alchemy. The artist also explores text, including the physical meditation of inscribing words, phrases and marks into the surface of her paintings. The gesture reinforces her philosophy that words, and the imaginative impulse behind them, have the power to transform reality. The physical acts of painting and of writing is the artist's self-abandonment to the challenge of life's ambiguities, her pleasures, her melancholy, her tenderness and her joys.
Harrison exhibits regularly in Vancouver, her last highly successful Canadian show took place in March 2012.
International Art Centre welcomed Gabryel Harrison as guest artist at the Fleurs Exhibition May 2011 thereby introducing her work to a very receptive New Zealand market. Since then Gabryel has continued to exhibit in Canada and the USA. Her paintings feature in the 2013 exhibition Botanica at International Art Centre.