Of Brighness and Dust
oil on canvas
30 x 30 in
Wreath After the Dark Heart Wide Open Light Coming Down Palimpsest All Their Flame Between Us Poppy Cascade Red Full Bloom Spring Passion Earthly Delights [sold] Lilies [sold] Peonies After the Rain [sold] Light in an Antique Vase [sold] Of Roses and Stars [sold] Spring Blooms [sold] Everyone Looking for Love [sold] Poppy [sold] Blood Roses [sold] Absract Light Remains Ascension Tantra of Union 3 Tantra of Eternity 2 Tantra of Compassion 1 Vancouver Island Spill 1 (Agamemnon Channel)
Gabryel Harrison was born in New Zealand, and now lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. 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. Working as an art therapist until 1996, and thereafter in the creative arts field, Harrison has devoted herself to paint full-time since 1999.
Gabryel Harrison is an artist inspired by the common roots of painting and poetry, the rhythmic gesture from heart to line, the inspiration of image, metaphor and symbol. She looks to nature and botanical forms as well as to the historical tradition of vanitas paintings for her motifs and compositions. Her expressions are less about representation than illuminations of inner states of consciousness. Working in translucent layers of oil paint, she 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 physical act of painting is the artist's self-abandonment to the challenge of life's ambiguities, her pleasures, her melancholy, her tenderness and her joys.