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Gabriel Tommy: Women on the 4th Floor 

The exhibition Women On The 4TH Floor by Gabriel Tommy will be his first solo exhibition here in Houston at Zoya Tommy Gallery. Originally from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, Gabriel Tommy’s first debut in Houston will show his new collection of oil on canvas paintings, created especially for this exhibition and painted here in Houston.

The title, Women on the 4th Floor was created as a synthesis of the subject matter that inspired him and the location where he created this whimsical body of work. Known for his use of elongated silhouettes of female forms and his creative use of vibrant colors, Gabriel Tommy continues to be an influential artist both at home and abroad. His collection is known world wide, from Arizona, his second home, to Dubai, where his works can be found in many private collections.

Gabriel was born in 1965 in San Fernando Trinidad. He created this contemporary take on the female form since the late 80’s and he has been a leading trendsetter in Caribbean art.

His inspirations range from his surroundings to Trinidadian masters like Boscoe Holder or Vogue cover shots from the 70s even though “I don’t always need to paint exactly what I see, it’s more what I feel about the place that truly inspires me” says the artist.

Influence from African art and fashion photography often dictates his work. He is an authoritative voice in the fashion world of Trinidad, where he owns a high-end atelier for woman apparel. “Women are my primary subject matter in art because I understand them in the most aesthetic way” states Gabby. This deep connection to women and their world can be seen in his elegant elongated figures, which he creates through strong and colorful, but at the same time delicate brush strokes.

“I have no idea what kind of legacy my art will leave, however perhaps it might show some of my outward joy while showing my inward search for beauty and love.” – Gabriel Tommy

Gabriel Tommy: Women on the 4th Floor will open to the public on Friday, September 15th, 2017 from 6-9 pm. 

Paintings by Lindsey Nobel 

On View in 3rd Exhibition Space 

            Lindsey Nobel’s work explores the unseen and subliminal connections that bind human beings together through advanced technologies pervasive throughout modern society. She states that even though we are more connected than ever before, we have grown more alone and divided that ever before. Her collections seek to investigate this juxtaposition and invite the viewer closer to better understand this hidden language. She relies on the human desire for connection, touch, spirituality and seduction to dig deeper into our shared consciousness. This is reflected in her work as something she refers to as “Neurons” which depict these intersections with the human nervous system.

            She uses a combination of abstract expressionism rooted in the principals of minimalism to create her work. She utilizes a variety of media such as oil, acrylic, ink, resin, coffee, or pen on canvas, Masonite, or wood panels to create each painting. She uses mixed media in addition to a 50cc syringe to eject paint onto canvas instead of using brushes for the ejection series of paintings.

            The artist states that her influences are “first and foremost everything I see, hear, taste, feel and experience. People I have met and yet to meet continuously inspire and enlighten the creative fire within me. “ She most admires the work of Kandisnsky, Warhol, Dali, Van Gogh, and Pollock, and these influences can be seen reflected in some of her paintings. Experimental films that question perception by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick are also cited as being influential in Nobel’s work. “These creative forces and the incessant search for meaning, truth and understanding drive my visceral artists approach.”

 Zoya Tommy Gallery is committed to exhibiting artwork that reflects the fascinating culture of today’s society as well as offering competing ideas about contemporary art using a variety of themes.