Gabriel Greenlaw is an award-winning artist who is the current Artist in Residence in Glass at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN. Before venturing south, Gabriel lived and worked on the coast of Maine, where he established himself as a practicing artist and craftsman. In 2014, he received his BFA, summa cum laude, in Glass and Glass Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Crafts. His work is frequently exhibited locally and regionally. Most recently he was included in the Captured Light Glass Biannual in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in regional exhibition at the Tullahoma Center for Fine Art, Tullahoma, TN. As a practicing artist, Gabriel participates in various juried craft shows across the country selling his two functional production lines. He is also represented by several galleries: Golden Rod Gallery in Smithville, TN; York & Friends Fine Art in Nashville, TN; Art is in Market in Cool Springs, TN; Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, ME; and Centre St Arts Gallery, Bath, ME.
My current work involves taking small inspirations, such as neurological elements, and expanding them millions, if not billions of times larger to where they become an immersive experience for the viewer. The use of glass within my work exploits the innate fragility that is associated with the material, creating an environment of tension and intensity that introduces a visceral sense of life into the material, transcending the visual impact of the composition. Combined with complex and organic forms, my work embodies my internal obsession with drama and precision. I frequently find myself consumed by the act of making; impulsively acting, immersing myself in the process and becoming obsessed with details that others might never consider.
My goal is to create forms that have a sense of movement, life, and are accessible enough to allow the viewer to create their own associations while still preserving my original inspiration. The compositions I craft invoke conversations of growth and expansion, representing my personal evolution as a creative individual. The passion that empowers me to spend sleepless nights in the studio delivers a high degree of craftsmanship and exceptionally resolved work. Throughout my process, I strive to visually communicate the complexity in the natural world through intricate lines, dense intensity and the inherent intrigue and tension within the chaos.