Laurence was born in Burgundy on May 31, 1969, of a mother herself a painter and professor of plastic arts and sculpture and a Fine Arts school graduate, and of a father who was a company director. From a very early age she showed an interest in the plastic arts. As a child she covered the walls and some pieces of furniture with her drawings and engravings.
Although her mother gave her a classical training in the Arts she kept her own style with its hallmark solid colours and figures of women. A brilliant but unruly student, it was in London at the French Lycée that she took her school-leaving examinations. She went on to study Law in Arras (north of France) where she got a good degree. This was followed by a DESS in management from the Université de Dauphiné as well as an MBA at HEC.
Leading her life as an artist in tandem with her professional career she travelled widely and spent time in Paris, New York, Milan and Singapore among other places…
She had shows at the Galérie Rochebonne in Paris (Ave Félix Faure), then at the Galérie Espace Richelieu – Champs Elysées in Paris (1998-1999). She also had an exhibition in New York at the Galérie Les Migrateurs (188 Duane Street – New York).
On the one hand extrovert and expansive, on the other a very private person, Laurence could occasionally lock herself away to paint in her studio for weeks on end. Painting was both a means of self-expression and a therapy. Brilliant and passionate, Laurence always lived life in the fast lane, intensely, swinging between moments of enthusiasm and periods of calm or meditation, searching for some peace of mind.
She died, aged 35, on November 12, 2004
– Espace Richelieu- Champs Elysées in Paris
– Espace Richelieu- Champs Elysées in Paris
– Les Migrateurs’gallery (188 Duane Street -New York).
Laurence Gabriel was born in 1969 into a family where Art was highly valued thanks to a mother who was herself an artist.
Her pictorial world revolves around her favourite subject: Woman … guiding her hand in assured brush-strokes, softening hard edges, letting the brush lay down pigments in repeated flourishes inside carefully drawn fields just like in a looking glass in which there is an endless exchange between subject and object.
She works by night as well as by day and so light does not dictate her choice of colours …the paintings in which orange-reds are to the fore, contrast most often with blues.
Her most recent collections, “Némésis” and “Régression” tackle something different with their intruding rhythmns in which colours and shapes are chosen with great subtlety and always emphasise sensuality and a search for the absolute.
Always on the look-out for new techniques, she became interested in experimenting mixing different pigments, especially gilding, as can be seen in one collection of her work.
Surrealistic works are sometimes painted off-centre so as to heighten a sense of the suffering female body rather like Gustav Klimt.
Other works are very precisely drawn, have strong lines, are forceful and confident and bring to mind frescos from Antiquity with their curves and sharp angles, Cubist-style.
This path through the currents of pictorial art goes hand in hand with a kind of going back in time, punctuated by the recurring theme of Woman … flower, tormented woman, woman in the womb …Eve reborn.
Her figurative work can be read at different levels in her explicit nudes, or in others that are more conventional she follows her star unaware of and uncompromisingly avoiding esthetics or out-moded conformism, letting herself be carried along by her emotions with an unalloyed commitment that is almost mystical.
With her lively mind and her hypersensitivity Gabriel Laurence never loses sight of the most suitable techniques to apply to the concepts she turns into paintings. The magic of symbols, the inner meaning of allusions, her intuitive brush-strokes all help produce original shapes and forms that make this avant-garde artist uniquely recognisable. The force of her works is outstanding, gripping the viewer who looks at her fascinatingly enigmatic output with its mix of rapture and distress, as is found in all great works of art.
Gabriel died in 2004. Will this lovely person who had so much talent and at the same time was such a wonderful human being find her well-deserved place … as a tip-top artist before paradise lost ? Today her work transcends time, which for those who knew her remains frozen. A huge gesture of recognisiton is due to this quite exceptional and unforgetable woman artist.
Contemporary art critic