Gabrielle Penfold’s work mix all her favorite issues – journey, meals, and nature. These passions began again in her childhood, the place she spent her sick days off college portray and drawing, or in artwork courses on the vacations.
‘I used to be actually lucky to have my mum who was a historical past and English instructor, so I’ve all the time had a love for information and historical past. Along side that, my dad labored for Qantas, so I believe our journeys abroad actually influenced my artwork,’ Gabrielle says.
The multitalented artistic had completed finding out a Bachelor of Design on the College of New South Wales’ Faculty of Fantastic Arts, and was working with jewelry designer Lucy People when she started sharing her work on Instagram.
‘It was across the time the place individuals had been beginning to put up not simply photos of themselves, however issues they had been serious about. I discovered that documentation of meals, the place individuals had been standing up on the chair to take an image, a very fascinating thought. That’s the place I began portray meals, and the nonetheless life and posting it on Instagram,’ Gabrielle explains.
‘There’s one thing actually historic about portray meals and nonetheless life artworks. You possibly can look again at historical past and get a sign of what individuals had been consuming at that time limit.’
That very same hen’s eye composition stays a powerful motif in Gabrielle’s work immediately. She captures dreamy table-scapes crammed with oysters, figs and seafood, or sentimental, summery scenes of swimmers laying on the seashore, palm timber and the long-lasting Bondi Icebergs with an knowledgeable sense of nostalgia.
Journey can also be an integral a part of Gabrielle’s artistic course of. Earlier than the pandemic, she would save up all her cash annually and go to Europe to absorb all of the inspiration, earlier than returning dwelling to her studio to create a physique of labor.
However when Covid hit, Gabrielle embraced the chance to search for inspiration nearer to dwelling. ‘Each probability I had, I might go on little street journeys alongside the New South Wales coast, taking my digital camera, sketchbook and my paints’ she remembers.
These native journey adventures shaped the premise of Gabrielle’s vastly profitable ‘homecoming’ present final 12 months, Oyster Oyster, which she describes as ‘an ode to Australia’.
‘Seeing it altogether in a single room and having the present promote out, and the room crammed with individuals was an actual pinch-me second!’
You possibly can comply with Gabrielle on Instagram right here, and see extra of her fantastic work right here.