At the Exhibition

					Gabrielle Reith

                                                                                              OWL woodblock.
                                                                           Carved woodblock for mono printing
Gabrielle Reith was born and brought up in the Aberdeen area,
and studied Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) at Gray’s School
of Art, graduating with an honours degree in 1998.

Since graduating with a sell out degree show she has exhibited
in many prestigious venues throughout Britain, has worked on
commissions for both corporate and private clients and has
had work published. In 2004 Gabrielle was featured in the
Scotsman newspaper as being one of the top 20 artists in

Building wrap for COAST
                                                               Her artistic perception gives her a heightened awareness of her
festival 2009
                                                               surroundings. Her work is a portrayal of nature, a closer look at the
                                                               shapes, colours, patterns and seasonal changes that affect a
                                                               landscape. Originating from landscapes seen, drawn and
                                                               photographed in her home in Scotland and also when visiting
                                                               countries such as Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and
                                                               Austria. Her paintings reflect the architecture, archaeology and
                                                               natural features of these landscapes.

                                                               Gabrielle builds up a natural and animated effect, using layers of
                                                               collage to represent the textures whilst abstracting and reducing the
                                                               shapes and then building up the surface with colour applied in paint,
                                                               pencil and pastel. She then scrapes back the surface to reveal
                                                               hidden layers of paint and collage, as an archaeologist would
                                                               uncover past layers of earth and architecture.

                                                               Inspired by the landscape in all aspects of her work, including
                                                               drawings, paintings, wood carvings and pieces constructed in
                                                               textiles, Gabrielle also finds inspiration in the colours and shapes of
                                                               much of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s art and design, collecting china from
                                                               that period. Her initial drawings look closely at patterns and shapes
                                                               and are linear in approach. These are followed by watercolour /
                                                               acrylic studies, collage and pastel studies where the abstraction of
                                                               content becomes apparent. She hones in on basic shapes amplifying
                                                               the aesthetics of balance weight and geometric harmony.

Her work looks at the richness, purity and harmony of colours and
the interactions between them. The colours bring about immediate
feeling rather than intellectual response, yet the depth of the layers
and the abstract, yet recognisable forms make you look that bit

Gabrielle Reith is one of the most successful young artists currently
showing in Scotland, talented, committed and innovative. An
exciting artist.

To view further examples of Gabrielle’s work visit her website: you can also email her at:

At the Exhibition
Gabrielle will be producing an artwork over the Coast Festival
weekend inspired by the local wildlife. She will produce a large
mixed media work made from several “Small Stories” drawn and
painted on fabric and paper. Text and web based suggestions from
the public will inform and direct the production of the work over the
course of the weekend.

Gabrielles Curriculum Vitae
                                                                                                                             The Return
2010                                                                                                            Oil / mixed media painting
Popup Boutique Aberdeen / Edinburgh
Selection Board Member Aberdeen Artists
Junction Art and Gifts Spring Show
Creative Identities / Peacock Visual Arts tutoring
BP NEOS Exhibition “Collision”
Teacosy Contemporary Craft fair with SMart consultants
Private consultancy to Belvidere Gallery (Aberdeen)
Creative Identities mini-residency @ Peacock Visual Arts.
Won COAST festival competition to create the “building wrap” used as the main image for COAST 2009
Avian Constructs - Contemporary art exhibition held in Limousine Bull in partnership with my husband Philip Thompson.
Facilitated a MiniBeasts class at Riverbank Primary with my husband Philip Thompson - 28 children in class.
Musa spring show (Itchee Wasp - Whitepsace tutors)
Junction Art and Gifts (jewellery in spring show)
Started my online Etsy shop ( (collaborative project with my husband, Philip Thompson for 2009)
Commissioned typeface workshops with Riverbank Primary School & Cornhill Primary School by the Gordon Highlanders Museum
Dundee Contemporary Art Centre & Aberdeen Art Gallery, Boxwood (Glasgow), Red Door Gallery (Edinburgh) buying stock of my
printed bird / owl cards
Peacock Visual Arts, Tolquhon Gallery, Camphill & Bridge View Winter exhibitions
Commisioned by Aberdeen City Council to illustrate a childrens book of short stories
Aberdeen Artists annual exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Veterans Day Parade floats working in partnership with my husband Philip Thompson, the MOD & the Gordon Highlanders Museum
Production of Morning-Glass window design for Auchterless Church & Westhill Academy
Commissioned by the Gordon Highlanders to produce “kids Bydand” logo
Creative Cultures Scotland & Transition Extreme winter Art & Craft fair
Elphinstone institute commission for the Leopard magazine - Illustration for the Toulmin short story competition winner
Wallace Space, Covent Garden, London
Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh/Glasgow
North East Open Studios
St Columbus Hospice Annual Charity Show, Freemasons’ Hall Edinburgh
Aberdeen Artists annual exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Scottish Society of Artists annual exhibition, RSA Edinburgh
Creative Cultures Scotland GAVAA (Gray’s Aberdeen Visual Artists Award)
Commercial rental of 14 oil paintings, Geo-House Aberdeen
Inchgarth special needs class, Aberdeen
Gordon Highlanders children’s art classes, Aberdeen
The Big Draw nationwide event, Aberdeen
Middlefield Primary School dinner hall mural project, Aberdeen
Joined Open Ground, an artists collective based in the North East of Scotland.

Two Private Commissions (wood carving & painting), Aberdeenshire
MUSA arts cafe Christmas Show, Aberdeen
North East Open Studios
Strathearn Gallery Summer exhibition, Creiff
Aberdeen Artists annual exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Mall Galleries, London, Royal Water Colour Society Exhibition
Mall Galleries, London, Royal Pastel Society Exhibition
Children’s Christmas Crafts at Oriel Art, Aberdeenshire
Sculpture trail at Oriel Art, Aberdeenshire
Hazelwood/Beechwood Schools special needs classes, Aberdeen
Bramble Brae School playground mural project, Aberdeen
Northfield Academy Fit for School project, Aberdeen
Wills Art Warehouse, London, Christmas show.
Green Gallery, Aberfoyle, Loch Lommond.
The Contemporary Art Fair Edinburgh with Carby Art Gallery.
Corporate Christmas Commision, Wallacespace, London.
Private commission, London.
North East Open Studios
The Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen, solo show.
Aberdeen Artists annual exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Chelsea Art Fair, London with the Baillie Gallery (London)
The Affordable art Fair, London with the Baillie Gallery (London)
Tartan2CV, Scottish greetings card company, published three paintings as cards
Kittybrewster School mural project, Aberdeen
Handbag making class at Whitespace, Aberdeen
St. Machar Academy fashion show project, Aberdeen
Northfield Academy fit for school project, Aberdeen
Byron Square & Moir Green [Northfield] shop shutters projects, Aberdeen
1998 - 2004
Aberdeen College purchase of 15 paintings for permanent collection, Aberdeen
The Scotsman newspaper, hailed as one of Scotland’s top 20 artists in (Tuesday 26th October 2004)
The Royal Botanic Gardens Applecross housing launch, Edinburgh
The Bonham Hotel solo show, Edinburgh
Commission of 15 large oil paintings for the Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh
Duff House Amnesty International show, Banff
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, Aberdeen
The Affordable Art fair with the Strathearn Gallery, London
The Sunday Times "Ecosse" supplement on the Bonham Hotel. (March 21st)
The London Art on Paper Exhibition, London
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Middlefield allotment mural project, Aberdeen
Powis shop shutter project, Aberdeen
The Big Draw workshop (with Quentin Blake)