New Zealand born artist, Gabrielle Pool has been exhibiting since 1993. Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, the U.S., the U.K., Greece and the Bahamas.
Partly schooled in Japan, her early inspiration from her teacher, Mori Sensei has led to a powerful oriental influence, with her first solo show in Chiba-Ken at the age of 16.
In 2004 Gabrielle began to record several of the world's vanishing tribes - the Hamer Tribe in Ethiopia, the Maasai of Kenya, and more recently, the Indigenous women artists of Utopia in Australia's Northern Territory. Gabrielle immersed herself in tribal life, often used sacred body paint pigments in her work.
"My painting has always been driven by a desire to preserve and record the history of ancient people and their environments, in a world that seems to be trying its very best to eradicate them and 'civilise' them."
In 2005 Gabrielle was invited by Nelson Mandela to travel to Africa to collaborate in the production of the Unity Series, alongside 20 other leading international artists. The works depicted the five phases of Mandela's life, culminating in his vision for the future, launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland in the same year.
In 2007, Gabrielle was the subject of an hour-long TVNZ documentary about her career as an artist, while National Geographic Australia posted a feature article about her challenging views as an explorer.
" You cannot paint black on black or white on white, everyone needs one another in order to be seen"