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Gabrielle Jones has held 18 solo shows, exhibited in Italy in 2017 and will again in 2018. The artist has been offered a solo show in the main gallery of Muswellbrook Arts Centre for 2019, and has won or been highly commended in numerous Australian art prizes. Gabrielle has work in corporate, public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, New York, Canada and London. As described by Charles Blackman, artist, her work is radiant and “full of shining light… [she] lets her inner things, her soul, come into her paintings to evoke feelings from the viewer”. I Wanna Be Adored Too riffs on the art I was seeing in trips to India, Italy and France in 2017, particularly religious art and that from the Baroque and Rocco eras. Its form reflects the ‘busy'ness of contemporary life and movement in travel and music, the lushness and beauty of the surfaces, colours, textures and the spiritually emotive effect of the painting traditions I was seeing daily. I began to reflect on the importance and prevalence of deities in the Canonical art of different cultures, the role of veneration, education and inspiration that such subjects played in the past and how the grandeur of such subjects contrast with those in contemporary art and a culture where the “self” (or “selfie”) is paramount. I drew the connection between the historically depicted abstract entities such as ‘gods’ with the process of creativity itself. As an abstract painter I am expressing the ‘otherness’ or sensory elements of a subject in my paintings, as well as the ‘out of body’, timeless and spaceless experiences I encounter when making these paintings.” – Gabrielle Jones