Gabrielle Penfold’s paintings incorporate all her favorite matters – vacation, food, and nature. These passions started back in her childhood, the place she put in her ill days off faculty painting and drawing, or in art lessons on the vacations.
‘I was really fortuitous to have my mum who was a historical past and English instructor, so I’ve always had a appreciate for understanding and historical past. In conjunction with that, my dad labored for Qantas, so I consider our outings abroad truly motivated my art,’ Gabrielle states.
The multitalented innovative had completed studying a Bachelor of Layout at the College of New South Wales’ School of High-quality Arts, and was doing the job with jewellery designer Lucy Folk when she started sharing her paintings on Instagram.
‘It was all-around the time where persons were being starting to place up not just pictures of them selves, but things they were being interested in. I identified that documentation of foodstuff, exactly where men and women ended up standing up on the chair to consider a photograph, a actually intriguing strategy. Which is where I began painting meals, and the nevertheless lifetime and posting it on Instagram,’ Gabrielle explains.
‘There’s anything really historic about painting meals and still daily life artworks. You can look again at historical past and get an indication of what individuals had been ingesting at that position in time.’
That very same bird’s eye composition remains a sturdy motif in Gabrielle’s paintings currently. She captures dreamy table-scapes stuffed with oysters, figs and seafood, or sentimental, summery scenes of swimmers laying on the beach front, palm trees and the legendary Bondi Icebergs with an expert sense of nostalgia.
Journey is also an integral section of Gabrielle’s creative approach. Ahead of the pandemic, she would conserve up all her income each individual 12 months and go to Europe to soak up all the inspiration, prior to returning dwelling to her studio to create a human body of work.
But when Covid hit, Gabrielle embraced the possibility to seem for inspiration closer to dwelling. ‘Every possibility I experienced, I would go on little highway excursions together the New South Wales coastline, using my camera, sketchbook and my paints’ she remembers.
These local journey adventures shaped the basis of Gabrielle’s vastly profitable ‘homecoming’ clearly show last 12 months, Oyster Oyster, which she describes as ‘an ode to Australia’.
‘Seeing it completely in a single home and getting the clearly show sell out, and the home crammed with people was a genuine pinch-me moment!’