Jennifer Gabbay

My work focuses on merging ideas, diverse cultural customs and personal experience into abstracted images of both figurative and visible worlds. The distortions of movement and colour evoke radiance and diversity.

Colour is energy that suggests rhythm. The vibrations of excitement cannot physically be touched but they pulsate and draw the viewer into my world. The energy producing vibrations transform and inform painting; to paraphrase Wassily Kandinsky, the choice of an object or subject is decided only by a corresponding vibration in the human soul.

Breaking down motion via the interpretation of expressive mark-making generates sensation and spirituality taking me on a journey from initial ideas through to painting the work. The reconfiguration of the traditional becomes an illusion of painterly motion, a diffusion of light and colour interactions – distortion changes an object’s usual shape to communicate ideas and feelings.

Works are painted in oil on board, a support that lends itself to my work through the blending of colour saturation; this breeds lushness. The working process, an immersion of self, directs me to meticulously apply fine brushstrokes. Gradually the work comes into focus from genesis to intense layering of colour and mark-making. I generally work in series.

The freedom to make contemporary art allows me to combine thoughts and materials, thereby responding subjectively and spiritually from concept to execution.

Jennifer Gabbay



1986-1990 Art Students’ League NYC with William Scharf, New York, USA

1965-1969 John Ogburn Studio; Joe Rose Studio, Sydney, AUS

1963-1965 Studies with Prof. Maximillian Feuerring, Sydney, AUS


Solo Exhibitions

2012 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

2010 Sara Roney Gallery, Sydney

2009 Event Horizon Gallery, Katoomba

1997  “Carousels I” Australian Consulate-General, New York USA

1996 “Portraits & Poses” ACG, New York USA

1995 “Stillness & Movement” ACG, New York USA

1994 “Mostly Faces” ACG, New York USA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Selected Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, Sydney

2014  Selected Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown

2013  Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown

2013 Selected Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Art Award S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2013 The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral

2012 CoCo’s 2012 Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath

2012 Invited “The Idea of Water” Blacktown City Arts Centre, Blacktown

2011  Selected Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Art AwardS.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2011 Invited “Lay of the Land” University of Western Sydney

2011 Selected Finalist Calleen Art Award, Cowra

2009 “In Colour In Farbe” Exhibition, Katoomba

2009  Selected Finalist Liverpool Art Prize, Liverpool

2009  Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown

2009  “On the Boil” Exhibition TAP Gallery, Sydney

2009  Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Muswellbrook

2008  Fusion Point Exhibition ATVP, Newtown

2008-2010  Event Horizon Gallery, Katoomba

2008  Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown

2008  TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisition Prize, Kingswood

2008  CoCo’s 2008 Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath

2008  Gallery 26, Sydney

2007  Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Exhibition, Blacktown

2007  “About A Woman” TAP Gallery, Sydney

2007  Featured Artist ~ Gallery Blackheath, Blackheath

2006  Selected Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown

2006  COCO’s 2006 Contemporary Colourists, Blackheath

2002  Blackheath Art Society, Blackheath

1992  Cornell Medical Center Library, New York USA

1988-1992 Lenox Hill Artists Forum, New York USA


Prizes, Awards and Residences

2013 Acquisition by Blacktown City Council, Blacktown

2013 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award – National Trust, NSW Sydney

2013 First Prize Blackheath Art Society Winter Exhibition, Blackheath

2011 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award – National Trust, NSW Sydney

2010 Front Cover ~ Narrator Magazine, Blue Mountains

2010 ArtSMART Workshops Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta

2010 Launceston City Council Artist Residency Cataract Gorge, Tasmania

2009  Euan MacLeod Judge’s Prize B Art Exhibition, Katoomba

2008  Winner TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisitive Prize, Kingswood

2007  West MacDonnell Ranges Painting Safari, Central Aust

2006 First Prize Blackheath Art Society Easter Art Exhibition, Blackheath

Art Exhibition- Judge Tony Bond, AGNSW

1989 Artist Residency Cummington Mass. USA