Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

6815 Cypresswood Drive

Spring, TX 77379

281.376.6322

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Courtesy of William Reaves Fine Art, Painting in the Texas Tradition was a showcase of 28 works of art in painting, drawing, and printmaking, with the artists’ giving their modern “take” on the Texas landscape, Texas traditions, and the people of the state. 

 

The exhibition included works by the gallery’s fifteen Contemporary Texas Regionalist artists: Randy Bacon (Albany), Mary Baxter (Marfa), David Caton (Utopia), Margie Crisp (Elgin), Keith Davis (Austin), Charles Ford (Houston), Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth), Billy Hassell (Fort Worth), Lee Jamison (Huntsville), Rob Kendrick (Austin), Laura Lewis (Mason), William Montgomery (Elgin), Noe Perez (Corpus Christi), Jeri Salter (Round Rock), and Debbie Stevens (Cypress). 

Painting in the Texas Tradition:

Contemporary Texas Regionalism

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

Excerpt from

Fort Worth Star Telegram    Thursday, April 12, 2012


Sky's the limit for gallery night show

BY GAILE ROBINSON

FORT WORTH – Six months ago, Margery Grella, the director of Artspace 111, put the gallery's artists on notice: For Gallery Night, their show would have a theme – something the gallery rarely does. For spring, they would mount an exhibition titled "Sky Blue Sky."

For many of the artists, this was not a stretch, as they regularly paint landscapes, and the sky is always there in their art. For a few, such as Pat Gabriel, who paints gorgeous skyscapes over stretches of unsightly ground clutter, the sky is absolutely vital.

Still, there were others who never seem to include the heavens in their art, so that the result was a show of skies by old hands and the newly enchanted. What was surprising was that the skies were as varied as the artists; no two handled the theme in the same way.

Gabriel's skies are always spectacular, and he pushed his good/bad vision to the max when he painted a typical suburban roofline of brown asphalt shingles, with brown gutters and a brown satellite dish backed by a gorgeous sky. It was truly an encapsulation of the sacred and profane.

More typically he paints strong horizontal pieces that resemble windshield dimensions with highways, taillights and road signs in the foreground and beautiful stretches of Texas sky in the distance. Unfortunately, it's the way we see skies most often – from the windows of our cars as we drive to and from work. His paintings are a blatant reminder that sunsets and sunrises should be porch time, not drive time.

To read the entire article click here

Gaile Robinson is the Star-Telegram art and design critic, 817-390-7113

grobinson@star-telegram.com

Fort Worth Star Telegram    Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008


Creative Life:
Artist Pat Gabriel’s landscapes with roiling cloudscapes


Artist, Pat Gabriel, 48,
creative director and painter


Breakthrough moment: In March, Gabriel entered the Biennial show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. It was the first time in 20 years he had offered up one of his paintings for public scrutiny. On the strength of that one piece, Palo Verde Shadows, a painting he made in 2006, the center’s exhibitions committee invited him for a best-of exhibit, "Advisory Panel Selects," in September. This time, three of his atmospheric landscapes were included.


Day job: For the past 18 years, Gabriel has worked in the commercial art sector as a creative director at GCG Advertising in Fort Worth. He used to paint but put down his brushes when his family began to grow. Four years ago, he visited the studio of Randy Bacon, who had toiled in advertising and gave it all up to be a full-time artist. It provided Gabriel with some needed inspiration. "I thought, 'Gosh, look at this,’ " he says. "I was really inspired to get serious about my own painting." He began devoting his weekends to painting.


Weekend work: He built up a small body of work, often painting low-horizon landmasses with roiling cloudscapes. The dramatic vistas stood out in the best-of-show exhibition. Even though they weren’t hung together, they dominated the walls and overshadowed the neighboring works. There is something about his clouds that demands the viewer’s attention. They pull you toward Gabriel’s canvases and don’t relinquish their hold easily. His clouds are compelling.


"I couldn’t stop observing the heavens if my life depended on it," he writes in his artist’s statement. "Often, I find myself on the side of the road staring out my car window and seeing it all in pure strokes of paint. When I am not at my easel, I’m still painting in my head. The duality and tension of places where the natural and the man-made collide is very interesting to me; I see it as a symbolic balance of dark and light. I see the light and happiness but cannot escape the dark, realizing how tightly they are woven; one cannot truly be experienced without the other."


Gaile Robinson

Star Telegram Art and Design Critic

Several of my works featured at Artspace111’s
American Landscape: Urban/Rural

Artists bring different techniques to wide-open landscapes

Artists bring varied interpretations to vast space that lies west of Fort Worth

Feeling blue

As for the blue-infused landscapes, these are best handled by Eric Stevens and Pat Gabriel. Gabriel’s paintings are primarily cloudscapes with a low horizon line; these come close to relating to an African savanna and are immediate crowd-pleasers. He will often put a curtain of impediment between the viewer and the clouds — a tangle of scraggly bushes or dozens of electrical wires will stretch across the field of view.

    “It’s the little bit of man-made meets wide-open space. What I am looking at is the sky, but I like the way it looks through trees. Lately I’ve been interested in light towers or electrical towers,” he said. “I like their relationship with the sky and clouds, what they do when you’re looking at the sky through them.”

For the entire write-up, please visit the Fort Worth Star Telegram

December, 2009

current, recent and past:

Artspace111’s Paintings, Prints, and Presents

reviewed in ARTnews

Excerpt from:  In oil studies for larger, more complex endeavors, Pat Gabriel offered skies dissected by telephone poles and power lines. These often overlooked representatives of the grid became objectionable lead players, relegating the artist’s usually transfixing skyscapes to supporting roles as backgrounds of blue. – Gaile Robinson


for entire write up see ARTnews

February 2010, page 115

Lines 4 

8.5” x 5.5”  oil on paper  2009

The Eyes of Texas:
Texas Art and Texas Light

Excerpts from the article

Summer 2010

A new essay by Frederick Turner in American Arts Quarterly

has much to say about Texas painters including many in North Texas

Texas is proverbially huge and various. East Texas, with its cedar bayous and the Gulf, with its enormous hazy horizons, is utterly at odds with the cartoon Texas of the longhorn skull half-buried beside a saguaro cactus. What the Texas eye shares, though, is a common hopefulness, a sort of gritty mysticism, a quirky deadpan wit, a deep respect for craftsmanship and a passionate love of freedom in all its forms. The most obvious place to find these characteristics is in Texas landscape painting...

Patrick Gabriel captures every mood and aspect of the Texas light, from the flat, sun-baked afternoon to the pinkish thundercloud over the high-tension power lines, to the soft evening over the prairie.


Frederick Turner

American Arts Quarterly

Curated by Eric Stevens

Fort Worth Public Library summer 2011

CONTEM?ORARIES

Fragile Spring
selected for

show poster

Fragile Spring was chosen for the
2011 Hunting art prize poster image.


Cheers to
Hunting PLC!

The three major photorealist painters –– Daniel Blagg, Nancy Lamb, and Pat Gabriel –– are equally skilled but demonstrate three very distinct approaches. In Gabriel’s moody landscapes, depicting “the collision of the natural and the man-made,” according to his artist’s statement, he wields his paintbrush like a sword –– the stuttering lines in his stratus clouds are staggeringly precise and his partially silhouetted trees solid. Blagg, an appreciator of urban blight, has a touch that, especially in the shadowy “Lonesome Cowboy,” occasionally borders on impressionistic, and Lamb adds depth to even the daintiest strand of hair or wrinkle in fabric in her colorful mises en scène.

Fort Worth Library’s CONTEM?ORARIES

Big names — and even bigger ideas — abound in this impressive group show.

Excerpt from

Fort Worth Weekly   August 17, 2011 Anthony Mariani

Westward 2  20" x 7"   2012

http://ericstevensart.com/contemporaries_lg.pdf

Advisory Panel Selects,

Fort Worth Community Arts Center


In both subject matter and artistic process, Patrick Gabriel’s work acknowledges the ever present but rarely articulated balance existing within the natural world. His work successfully navigates the space in between the austere and the sublime, between the rugged road and the satiated sky, and between manmade and heaven sent. In doing so, Gabriel’s work conflates the boundaries separating traditionally opposing forces.


In Gabriel’s painting, Roadside Storm, Mesocyclone, an overly animated sky is tempered by a stationary object that, itself, implies kinetic movement; a tranquil, arid landscape seemingly shudders in anticipation of an imminent deluge. In Two Travelers, a vivid sunset is offset by dark, silhouetted forms both natural and manmade, in the foreground. In both paintings, the intangible space in between extremes is filled as juxtaposed objects gravitate towards the other, reminding the viewer that opposites are not always too far apart.


Justin Holt

Advisory Panel Member,
Fort Worth Community Arts Center

by Gaile Robinson

Restless Heart: Early and contemporary Texas regionalism

San Angelo Museum of Arts, San Angelo TX

William Reaves Fine Art   713 521 7500

Sarah Foltz  sarah@reavesart.com

William Reaves  william@reavesart.com

Looking across the line and Roadside Storm, Mesocyclone

The fine folks at the SAMFA know how to put on a show. The main downstairs and upstairs rooms at the museum where filled with the exhibition. Historic work on the first floor and contemporary on the second.

A printed catalogue, published by SAMFA, is available for purchase.

Introduction by Howard Taylor
Director, San Angelo Museum of Arts.
Essay by Michael Grauer, Curator of Art,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

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The Fort Worth Community Arts Center was established in October 2002 by the Fort Worth City Council. The galleries had their first exhibit in April, 2003 with The 39 Hour Show, a large, open community show. 

To commemorate the past 10 years of art exhibits, the FWCAC has asked a selection of the greatest artists from those years to contribute one piece to a series of exhibits over the next three months.

I was honored to be one of the artists asked to participate in this revolving exhibit.

ARTSCENTER10 Invitational

To commemorate the past 10 years of art exhibits, the FWCAC asked a selection of artists from those years to contribute one piece to a series of exhibits.

Coexistence of grace 

48" x 42"   2012

February 2013

Artspace111   817 692 3228

Margery Gossett art@artspace111.com

Bob Stuth-Wade was my special guest for Spring Gallery night.

Bob Stuth-Wade paints landscapes of palpable form and color. Through mastery of light and shadow his paintings take on amazing sculptural depth. His use of dynamic light on forms and especially in clouds and sky is what attracts me to his work.

Stuth-Wade currently resides in Dublin, Texas and shows at Valley House Gallery, Dallas, and William Reaves Fine Art, Houston. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and most recently a solo show at the Grace Museum in Abilene.

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Artspace111 artists and the artists they like

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Medusa  2012

40 1/2” x 25 1/2”


Bob Stuth-Wade


Courtesy of Valley House Gallery

An ordinary street  2013

36" x 32" 


Pat Gabriel

March 2013

January 2013

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High quality Giclee prints now available

An edition of 50 numbered and signed prints of the painting West Berry Street are now available at Artspace111

contact Margery Gossett


817 692 3228  art@artspace111.com

Pat Gabriel: In plain sight

a solo exhibition

DFW.com      Wednesday, Mar. 25 2009

Pat Gabriel: In Plain Sight

Occasionally an artist comes along with the rare ability to make time and space stand perfectly still, transposing in paint oft unnoticed views of objects in plain sight to us all, so as to startle us with the inherent virtue and understated elegance of the everyday.  Such an artist is Pat Gabriel, who sees the sublimity of those things in plain sight and paints them with astonishing acuity.

                                                                                           William Reaves

March 2015

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THE REAL SHOW

Driving in Fort Worth 16  12.5” x 7”  2014

For centuries artists have attempted to accurately depict or re-create objects, landscapes, people in two and three-dimensional form for various reasons and with varying degrees of success. Artistic merit was, and still is, attributed to those artists that have the capacity to render, through artistic skills and techniques, a reality that is precise and above all believable. Success allows viewers to wonder at the artists’ skills and accept the “truth” presented through “the real.”

The Old Jail Art Center

For more information visit this link: THE REAL SHOW

January 2015

September 2015

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art

On view May 29 - August 13, 2017
Texas State Capital, Lower Rotunda

1100 Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701

Texas State Capital website

On view August 21 - November 27, 2017
The Witte Museum

3810 Broadway Street

San Antonio, Texas 78209

Witte museum website

This summer be sure to see the traveling group exhibit 'Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art'. A book of the exhibition will be produced by Texas A&M University Press, with narrative by William Reaves and Andrew Sansom.

It will be available for sale and there will be book signings at each show.

BLK EYE Vodka

pairs perfectly with Texas Art

GCG Marketing’s client, BlackEyed Distilling Co. product BLK EYE Vodka – the first vodka made using black-eyed peas in the distilling process. Has now added a second label featuring the art of Nancy Lamb. Better get a bottle with the debut label by Pat Gabriel while they last. 


The inside lables will continue to feature original artwork by Texas artists. The outer portion of the label will stay the same.


The bottles make a good pair, Golden girl by Nancy Lamb at left, Farmfield at dusk by Pat Gabriel at right.



Farmfield at dusk is currently available as a Giclée print with gold leaf added by hand. Sold through Artspace111.


www.blackeyed.vodka

Trinity 65" x 24"  2015

As is: Rural Realism

The Grace Museum

On view March 23 - August 12, 2017
The Grace Museum

102 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601

www.thegracemuseum.org

Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism.  Each generation of realist artists brings new subjects, new media, and new viewpoints to the genre. The AS IS: rural realism exhibitions feature the art of contemporary realists who focus on off-road subjects to create unique ways of seeing just how significant the seemingly insignificant can be.  Following the lead of earlier American realists who shunned romanticized views of their world, artists Randy Bacon, Daniel Blagg, Julie Bozzi, Lloyd Brown, Brian Cobble, Pat Gabriel, Woody Gwyn, Katie Maratta, and Sarah Williams draw on personal experience to capture current rural landscape AS IS.

On view until
August,12, 2017

Painting clouds on KTXS news

Interview by Mari Cockerell with Lori Thornton

I was asked to do a painting demonstration as part of the The AS IS: rural realism exhibition at the Grace museum. Click the screen above to watch the interview. You might have to view a commercial first.