Gabriel Greenlaw is an award-winning artist who currently lives and works in Smithville, Tennessee. He received his BFA, summa cum laude, in Glass and Glass Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014, where he studied with David Schnuckel, Michael Rogers, and Robin Cass. His work is frequently exhibited and was most recently included in the Arnot Art Museum’s 74th Regional Exhibition, where he was presented with the Matthias H. Arnot Society Prize (second best in show). He was also a 2014 NICHE Awards Finalist in the blown glass category, the recipient of the 2014 Becky Winship Flameworking Award from the Glass Art Society and is currently an Arts and Crafts Design Award 2014 Nominee from the Art Domain Group, Quedlinburg, Germany. Moving from his long time home in Maine, his creative pursuits have brought him south to the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee where he is currently the Artist in Residence for the glass studio.
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.