Gabrielle Graessle

Zurich, Switzerland, 1956

About

Artist statement
“I paint all what surrounds me, what I see.
My work is intuitive and inspired by all what takes my interest.
All becomes form, enters into my drawings and paintings: animals, nature, fashion, films,
books, news, also feelings, music, images from childhood up to now, without restrictions.
I start my work intuitively with or without an idea. It takes then on a life of its own,
goes somewhere else entirely.
Often, I develop the ideas from my drawings and transform them into my paintings.
My paintings are colourful, figurative, kitsch and large, sometimes with text, mostly 180 x
260 cm, done with acrylic, spray and sometimes glitter.
I love large paintings, I like to be surrounded by my imagery, to immerse completely in my
world of images.
I work normally on 4-6 paintings at the same time and switch between drawings and
paintings, which frees me again and again and also leads to new topics………
I draw and paint without thinking, pin the drawings on the wall and don’t look longer at them.
The drawings are not looking for a result.
I live and work in a group of old cottages in the south of Spain where I have several studios
to paint and to draw.
I hate routine and I always listen to music when I work. I turn the music on and then I let it
happen.” – Gabrielle Graessle
Biography
Gabrielle Graessle was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1956 and has been fascinated by
painting and drawing since she was a child. She attended Zurich Art School for 5 years,
where she completed a degree in graphic design. Her first exhibitions took place while she
was still a student. During this time, she made mainly black and white charcoal drawings
spontaneously depicting her personal imagery.
For 15 years, she was represented by various galleries in Switzerland. Many of her
charcoal drawings hang in private and public collections.
At the beginning of 2000, she and her partner emigrated to France and later to Spain,
where they built and redesigned old houses. For years they moved from one renovation
project to the next. At that time, her means of expression were mainly drawings and
sketchbooks.
In 2015, she settled down in Andalusia. She decided to immerse herself completely in her
imaginary world again and to express herself in large format, colored, intuitive and
figurative paintings.
Her studio is located in a group of old cottages in the middle of nowhere. There are no
distractions, and she can fully concentrate on her work in a secluded setting in nature. There
she works on several canvases at the same time, creating multiple series of paintings.

At the same time, drawings are still an important part of her work. These are spontaneous
expressions of her thoughts and stories. They are often the starting point for her paintings.
In 2020, she restarted to present her art at art fairs in Barcelona and Madrid, and participated
in group shows in Germany and France.

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Works

Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, Hü Hott
80 x 60 cm Acrylic spray on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, n.t.
80 x 60 cm Acrylic on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, n.t.
160 x 130 cm Acrylic spray on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, The King is dead
160 x 130 cm Acrylic spray and glitter on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, The King is dead
180 x 150 cm acrylic spray and glitter on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, Yee Yee
160 x 130 cm Acrylic spray and glitter on canvas 2022
Gabrielle Graessle, Gabrielle Graessle, ROARR
120 x 100 cm Acrylic spray and glitter on canvas 2022

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