Jennifer Gabbay

Jennifer Gabbay

Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia

About Jennifer Gabbay


Born in Sydney, Australia. Resided in New York City 18 years.

Artist Statement ~

As a Blue Mountains artist, my artistic practice combines observations from travel and personal experiences of everyday surrounding beauty.

The reinvention of subjects through the development of my own painting language is the essence of the works.

My painting style is to disintegrate shapes and colours into fragments, a process of applying paint meticulously like pieces in a puzzle, thereby allowing images to develop like broken worlds pieced together for diffusion and distortion, movement and rhythm.

The paintings’ themes can be figurative but are mostly of the floral and landscape world via energy and vibration.

I have been a three-time finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Award for women artists and a selected finalist + invited artist in many other exhibitions.

Works are painted in oil on board, a support that lends itself very well 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.

All works are painted on board (unless otherwise specified). Boards are professionally constructed and have a solid frame on all four sides i.e. cradled - then the timber board top is attached. Timber is then sealed and gesso'd (just like a canvas is treated) followed by several undercoats sanded between these coats before the painting has been commenced. All works are painted in an acrylic layer followed by an oil paint layer then finally finished with a coat of varnish.


2006-2011 Cert + Diploma Fine Arts TAFE WSI Nepean Sydney
2003 Expressive Abstract Paint. Summer School CSU Bathurst
1986-1990 Art Students’ League New York USA - William Scharf
1965-1969 John Ogburn Studio Sydney; Joe Rose Studio Sydney
1963-1965 Studies with Prof. Maximillian Feuerring Sydney

2020 Day Gallery Blackheath
2015-2017 Day Gallery Blackheath
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
2014 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Art Award
2014 Finalist Fisher's Ghost Art Award
2013 Finalist Blacktown City Art Exhibition
2013 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award Sydney
2013 The Milk Factory Gallery Bowral
2012 ‘The Idea of Water’ Blacktown Arts Centre
2012 COCO’s 2012 Contemp. Colourists Blackheath
2011 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award Sydney
2011 Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown
2011 ‘The Great Unknown’ Exhibition Artsite Sydney
2011 Finalist Calleen Art Award Cowra
2011 ‘Lay of the Land’ University of Western Sydney
2010 Blue Mountains Artists Company Blue Mtns
2009 ‘In Colour In Farbe’ Exhibition Katoomba
2009 Liverpool Art Prize Liverpool
2009 Blacktown City Art 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 Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown
2008 TAFE 2008 Student Painting Acquisition Prize
2008 COCO’s 2008 Contemporary Colourists
2008 Gallery 26 Sydney
2007 Blacktown City Art Exhibition
2007 ‘About A Woman’ TAP Gallery Sydney
2007 Featured Artist ~ Gallery Blackheath
2006 Blacktown City Art Exhibition Blacktown
2006 COCO’s 2006 Contemporary Colourists
2002-pres Blackheath Art Society Blackheath
1992 Cornell Medical Center Library New York USA
1988-1992 Lenox Hill Artists Forum New York USA
2013 Acquisition Blacktown City Art Exhibition
2013 First Prize Winter Exhib. Blackheath Art Society
2011 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award Sydney
2011 Front Cover ~ Ricochet Online Magazine
2010 Front Cover ~ Narrator Magazine
2010 ArtSMART Workshops Parramatta Artists Studios
2010 Launceston City Council Artist Residency Cataract Gorge Tasmania
2009 Euan MacLeod Judge’s Prize 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
Art Exhibition – Judge Tony Bond, AGNSW
1989 Artist Residency Cummington Mass. USA


Exhibited in New York, Sydney, Terrigal, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains