Christian Gabriel American Artist: b. 1984. Being a war veteran who struggled with PTSD, he found his outlet through painting. It was after going to local art shows that he became inspired & his monochromatic world turned colorful. A world where you can do anything or be anyone. Christian started painting in 2007. In 2010, he opened Christian Gabriel Art, a fine art studio that specializes in traditional commissions as well as digital design. He studied Media Arts & Animation at the Art Institute of Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelors in 2013. After college, Christian gained professional experience working at a high volume fine art production company. In 2016, Christian relocated to Portland and dove right into the art scene. He has been involved with various solo and group art shows, Design Week and Wellness Week. One of his paintings was even in a new episode of the IFC hit TV show, "Portlandia". Christian is working with a veteran non-profit to bring a new art class for veterans to Portland. It will begin in late 2018/early 2019.
In 10 years of creating, I’ve come a long way and really grown as a human being. I've replaced the anger inside with peace and tranquility. I’ve learned to love myself again and be in control for once. I don’t always want to talk about what’s going through my head and some days I can’t shut up. I can sway from introvert to extravert depending on the day. For me, art is a way to express myself when words aren’t working. My Garden Collection was created as a symbol of growth and new beginnings. In a time of uncertainty, we (as a planet) need more messages of peace and love. No matter what my flowers are doing, they are happy, vibrant and in motion. Most importantly, they are coexisting.
Art bridges cultures together. Rather than trying to come up with a simple answer to a complex situation by debating, art attracts your attention. It causes you to stop, listen and maybe even think freely for once. There is no bad art, is it all subjective and is the gateway to a person’s soul. There is always a story behind every canvas. We are all artists, this is our birth right. As we grow up we are told that we can’t be artists (or it’s only a hobby) and then we start telling ourselves this.
When people come to my art shows, I pay attention to their body language, facial expressions and even try my best to talk to them. I take great pride and joy knowing that whatever kind of day they had before arriving to my show, they can simply smile in a room full of beautiful dancing flowers. If but only one moment they are smiling, that’s one moment they aren’t sad.