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Claes Gabriel
"Voluptuous," acrylic on stretched canvas black and white abstract face painting

2019

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This acrylic painting on stretched canvas titled "Voluptuous" is an original artwork by artist Claes Gabriel. His three dimensional painting of an abstracted face uses primarily black and white paint and has a dual function of a painting and a wall-hanging sculpture. Considering the natural shape of the stretched canvas, Claes Gabriel is able to harmonize both organic and geometric aspects of his artwork. The colorful reflection on the wall as can be seen in the photos comes from the brightly colored backs Claes frequently paints onto his pieces. This piece measures approximately 37"h x 15.5"w x 15.5"d. Claes Gabriel is a Philadelphia-based artist from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Gabriel immigrated to the States in 1989 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1999. His three-dimensional paintings ring with the spiritual energy of beings from folklore and his own imagined tales, capturing a deified presence in each piece. Inspired by modernists such as Frank Stella and Sam Gilliam, Gabriel’s work lives beyond the confines of a flat wall; he stretches and sews canvases taut over wooden armatures to construct masks and free-standing statues. After considering the natural shape of the piece, Gabriel uses bright acrylics to pull out patterns, eyes, lips, and personality that seem to rise to the surface of their own free will. Gabriel often says he knows a piece is finished when he can bow to it. Gabriel’s first influence was his father, classically-trained painter Jacques Gabriel (1934–1988), whose lush images of peasant life in Haiti depicted the commonplace in the vibrant, modernist language of the extraordinary. Gabriel’s work aims to bring the sublime within reach. Gabriel has exhibited in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and Paris, France. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. He currently lives and works in West Philadelphia.

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  • Dimensions
    H 37 in. x W 15.5 in. x D 15.5 in.H 93.98 cm x W 39.37 cm x D 39.37 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    LU18825400002
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