Gabrielle Abbott is an award winning, internationally recognized artist based in Seattle. Her diverse practice includes site-specific installation, mixed media painting, digital video and community activism. Her works explore themes of spirituality, social justice, and sexual expression. She is known for her ability to combine contemporary subjects with traditional painting techniques. Gabrielle's murals and chalk drawings are commissioned by clients around the world including The Hague City Government and Bellevue Art Museum. She exhibits internationally, winning awards for her paintings and digital illustrations. As a teacher and activist, she focuses on serving the needs of her community, and fostering creative empowerment within her students. In addition to her own creative practice, she partners with various organizations to direct community art projects. Gabrielle holds an MFA from University of the Arts London and currentlyteaches Fine Arts at Antioch University in Seattle.
2014 MFA Conceptual Art, University of the Arts London, UK
2012 BA Liberal Arts, Antioch University, Seattle
2009 Florence Academy of Art, Italy
2005 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2018 Mural Commission, Esters Enoteca, (30’ x 10’ ) Seattle, WA.
Group Exhibition. So Sew. The Vistibule Gallery, Seattle.
2017 Public Chalk Art Commission, Lion Queen (12’ x 12’) Bellevue Arts Fair.
Group Exhibition. Echofluxx17 Festival. Paralelnipolis, Prague, CR
2016 Digital Animation. Confessions of a Social Bully (documentary film). Director: Lisa Cohen.
2014 Group exhibition. MFA Degree Show. Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK
Public Chalk Art Commission, Girl with a Pearl Earring (16’ x 16’), The Hague, Netherlands.
2013 Mural Commission, Central District History, (12’ x 300’) Garfield High School, Seattle, WA.
Public Chalk Art Commission, Buffalo Horse Road Woman (12’’ x 12’), Sarasota Chalk Festival.
Group exhibition. Threads. The Rag Factory, London, UK
2012 Group exhibition. Celebration of Washington Artists. Washington State Convention Center.
Public Chalk Art Commission, Leo, (15’ x 20’) Parks Department, Seattle, WA.
2011 Solo exhibition. Memories. Cheryl Sallee Gallery, Auburn, WA
Public Chalk Art Commission, Mother Earth (12’ x 12’), Sarasota Chalk Art Festival, Sarasota, FL.
2016-Present Antioch University, Seattle, WA. Adjunct Professor: Fine Arts.
2018 Middle College High School, Seattle, WA. Teaching Artist.
2015 The Art Institute of Seattle, WA. Workshop Leader.
COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECTS
2012 Seattle Neighborhood Group, WA. Collaborative Mural
2011 The Seattle World School, Seattle, WA. Collaborative Mural
2010 Garfield High School, Seattle, WA. Art Collaborative Mural
2017 Children’s Film Festival, Best Northwest Film. “Confessions of a Former Bully.”
2011 National Cowboy and Western Museum, Stacey Art Education Scholarship.
2010 Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, SmART Ventures Grant, Seattle, WA
2009 Premio Speciale, (First Prize for Creativity) International Chalk Competition, Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.
Shoreline News, “La Madonnara Creates Chalk Art in Shoreline as part of Arts al Fresco,” 2014
The Seattle Times, “Painting the Walls of Garfield High with History,” 2012
Bellevue Reporter, “Chalk Art Tradition Continues at the Bellevue Arts Festival,” 2012.
The Seattle Times, “Garfield Mural Nears Finish Line” 2010