About the Creative Director:
GDVA- Gabriella D'Abreau Visual Arts
People always ask me, "When did you know you wanted to be an artist?". I always find this question kind of confusing because I never really decided and it was never really a question. I remember a hunger to create from young. Doodling in class when I probably should have been paying attention to doing my math sums and drifting off into la la land imagining everything possible within my imagination. When I think about what it means to be an artist , its much more than an arbitrary career decision or life choice. Being an artist is very much a part of myself. On the fine art side, it is a desire to see and create beauty and to touch people through something they see; it is a powerful gift. There is something that always feels very natural about the act of creating. In the creative environment and in the act of creation I feel very at peace and free. From the design perspective I love having the ability to use my artistic and creative skills to provide high value services that help my customers build their brand or market their event. I love especially working with small and medium size businesses as it allows me a one on one personal touch and really allows me to get to know my client and provide them with all the tools they need to market their business to the world.
Colour is my greatest inspiration and the creativity and colour of the Caribbean is ever inspiring. For me art making is a universal expression that can mean something different for different people. My approach to being an artist has changed, grown and manifested itself in different ways throughout the years. At a young age, fascinated with drawing the clothed human form, I was dreaming of a path in fashion. Then I was introduced to the love of paint and it changed everything. It drove me to pursue a course of study in art which delved into art history and all the fascinating stories of the artists that came before me. Experiencing the New York MET, MOMA and Guggenheim changed me; forever. A great respect for the artistic tradition I find myself in and the study of illustration and learning how art is the voice of not one person but of culture, of people and of the times; this has made me the artist who I am today. I have branched off into graphic design as a way to take my skills and help others to achieve their business branding and marketing goals.
Gabriella D’Abreau is a visual artist working in multiple media. She was born and raised in the beautiful, colourful, festival filled island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. She completed her BFA in Illustration at St John’s University, NY, graduating with highest honors in May 2010. Prior to completing her degree she attended Holy Name Convent (Port- Of -Spain, Trinidad), completing there both her C.X.C examinations and Cambridge A ‘level examinations, the latter of which earned her a National Scholarship from the government of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2010 Gabriella interned at the prestigious ‘Society of Illustrators’ (New York), in order to increase her experience in the field of illustration. Gabriella has experience in teaching art, having both worked at a sleep over summer camp (Camp Robindel), in New Hampshire in 2009, and at South East Secondary, Port-of-Spain, from 2010-2011. She worked in the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism from December 2011 until April 2013, where she gained further experience as a graphic artist as well as experience in event planning, audience, and festival development. She has been a member of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago since 2010, taking on a more active position as a member of the exhibitions committee for the May 2012 Exhibition and was an active member of the Art Society Public Relations team from 2014-2015.
Gabriella considers herself an illustrator, designer and fine artist and is interested in exploring a multitude of artistic practices including experimenting with various techniques and media. As a fine artist she enjoys getting messy and having a direct discourse with the media. Although Gabriella’s fine art work incorporates a variety of themes, techniques and media, much of her work is done using acrylic paint and to a lesser extent a combination of watercolor, gouache, ink, pens, markers and/or colour pencil.
Gabriella had her first solo exhibition in September / October 2012 and followed it up with 4 group shows in 2013- "Artistcalypse", with artists Anthony Timothy and Caroline Williams (February 2013); "Colurescape", with artist Sarah Burrows ( May 2013) ; "Eden" with artists Sarah Burrows and Reuben Gonzales (August 2013) and "Emerge" with artists Sarah Burrows, Annelie Solis, Halcian Pierre, Shauna Narine and AJ Rogers ( September 2015).
Gabriella D'Abreau is the creative director and head graphic artist at GDVA Design.
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