Experienced artist of over 25 years, Gabriela Himstedt, was born in Germany and spent much of her childhood in Italy. Her inspiration is people, daily sceneries, the pattern of landscapes and crowds and her attraction of ‘different’.
Following various studies and workshops over a period of several years, Gabriela had the opportunity to study as a private student under the German artist Torsten Paul in 1991 for 10 years. She then continued to learn and grow at the Bremen University of Art in 2011 and holds a degree in painting, drawing and sculpture which helped her to pursue her career as a fulltime artist.
Her artwork reflects the essence of ordinary scenes which arise by observations and imagination. Her ability to capture the singular beauty of daily life in her use of brushwork and complex layering of glazes, textures, drawing and painting makes her artwork stand out with expressiveness.
Gabriela loves to travel which has inspired her work and she moved to Australia in 2012 to continue with her passion, her career in art.
To date, Gabriela has achieved a great deal including exhibiting at a large number of solo and group exhibitions in both Germany and Australia. She has been commissioned for a number of modern and figurative paintings in Germany and elsewhere. Her artwork is included in many private collections and she has won awards for her achievements.
In 2013 she opened her very own studio in Perth, has since given lectures about art in Germany, exhibited widely and in 2015, founded colouryour.life which allows her to share her vast knowledge with others and guide their artistic skills.
1985-2000 Several private studies and workshops in Italy and Germany
1991 - 2001 Intensive private study by German artist Torsten Paul
2009-2011 University of the Arts Bremen, Degree of Fine Arts
Clayhouse Gallery, Margaret River, Western Australia
Moores Building Art Gallery, Fremantle, Perth
KuDeTa, Point Fraser, Perth
Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
April+ September exhibition at SubiArtCo Galleries
Cliftons Art PrizeFinalist 2016
Hands across the world / Paint for hope workshops
,Equal but Different' / Cafe Gallery Adam, Fuhrberg, Germany --- Solo
Fine Art at Guildford Grammar, Guildford Grammar --- Group
,Unrestricted by Reality, Kidogo Art House, Bathers Beach, Fremantle --- Group
Founder of www.colouryour.life
Art Award City of Busselton / Finalists
Art Award Bayswater
Art Award City of Stirling
Fine Art at Army Art / Selected group exhibition
Exhibition ,Gallery Paul' June -July Germany
Tutorial workshops ,Seeperlen' June-July Germany
Give a lecture about ,Australia and Art' Invited from Rotary / Germany
Installation , 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall' / Mt. Claremont / Perth
Art Laab / Nedlands / Perth --- Duo
Blue Lizzard Gallery / Joondalup / Perth
Art Award Melville / Perth ---Group
Rotary Art Show at Garden City / Melville / Perth --- Group
Art Laab Gallery / Nedlands / Perth ---Duo
Art in the Valley / Swan Valley / Perth ---Group
Open Art Studio Day / Ardross / Perth --- Solo
Art Festival Cervantes Highly Commended
Art Festival / Dalwallinu
Art Award / Bassendean / Perth
Art Award / Bayswater / Perth
Art Award / City of Stirling / Perth
Art Award / Belmont / Perth Highly Commended
Own Studio Opening / Ardross / Perth
Shorttime Residence / Artsource /Fremantle
Member of Artsource, Fremantle
Moved to Australia
several group and solo exhibitions in Germany
My work is inspired by my attraction of ‘different’. The movement and rhythm of crowds, how a single feature like red hair or a red shirt can distinguish someone from the masses.
Sometimes the mass of people constitute a pattern. We are all similar but different. Upon seeing many people in a crowd, it is hard to see an individual at first glance, but when looking closer, a distinction and contrast of each person can be seen.
When painting, my goal is to create a picture that goes beyond what is immediately visible, where a figurative painting is pulled from its conventional form and deconstructed into parts, marks, drips and mishaps overtake the centrality of the figure.
Recently, concepts unrelated to figurative painting have taken precedence in my work such as an exploration of colour, shifting perspectives, a reduction of forms and inventiveness with respect to format.
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