gabrielle collins

Gabrielle Collins currently lives and paints in Tamworth, NSW. Having originally come from Sydney she was drawn early on in her art career to the geometric shapes of the inner urban and industrial areas.

While never completely leaving that attraction to the urban, she has also produced paintings based on ‘plein air’ painting trips to the MacDonnell ranges in Central Australia and Bruny Island, Tasmania.

As Gabrielle passes through a landscape, urban or otherwise, she is aware of the elements of light and composition that are constantly changing, with endless possibilities for transformation into a 2D medium.

Her challenge is to capture the essence of a place at a certain time of day by manipulating and experimenting with tone, colour and  mark making.

Gabrielle has had many group and solo exhibitions in Newcastle, Sydney (Damien Minton Gallery) and Tamworth and has twice been a finalist in the Parliament House Plein Air Painting prize as well as the Country Energy Prize, Broken Hill.

Her work is included in a number of private collections, as well as the collections of the The Australia Club; Macquarie Bank and Tamworth Regional Gallery.

Her work is marked by an almost architectural approach to composition, with a strong sense of horizontal and vertical lines working with blocks and layers of colors. What is apparent in Collins’s painting is a profound sense of observation, the feeling that we are looking at the results of a study of the world, the paintings a testament to the artist’s vision.
— Andrew Frost- Curator -'The Feminine Optic-Perspective on the Landscape'