Gabriel Greenlaw is an award-winning artist who currently lives and works in the North Bay area of California. 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 Academy Center of the Arts’ Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Lynchburg, VA, as well as a solo exhibition of his most current work at the Alexander Brest Gallery and Museum in Jacksonville, FL. Before his move to the west coast, he was the Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee for two years where he continued to refine this designs and craft. In addition to pursuing his own work, he has taught several workshops and curated an exhibition at the ACC that focused on glass and technology while also serving on the Board of Directors of the state wide art organization, Tennessee Craft. Along side his sculptural interests, he has developed several limited run production lines of functional vessels that are found in galleries and shows across the county. 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.