Artist Statement


My imaginative universe of art is inspired by nature, music and eastern spiritual concepts. The art forms of abstract expression I create in my paintings are unique and alive, full of bursting and positive energy. I try to capture the moments from memories and emotions for my creation. I hope my abstract paintings can invoke dialogues and stretch the imagination. My intention is to actively create positivity and transcend beyond ordinary life in an upright and bright manner.

My art is aimed to condense the elements in life and essence of the universe onto canvas. Dripping, dropping, swiping are usually the beginning of my practice and I let the color mix of fluid acrylic and flashe paint move around organically with the manipulation of brush strokes. I especially apply brush techniques I have learned from calligraphy to create the dynamic feelings in my painting. My practice is very intuitive, liberating, and personal, with the intention to create a play of colors and forms that invite open discussion and interpretation. It's also a way of expressing my gratitude for every moment, living and breathing, as well as my love and respect for the world.



I would love to make a flow of energy visible - capturing its magic, inner glow and essential form. ~ Gabrielle Mar



Gabrielle Yi-Wen Mar

Known for creating mesmerising abstract art, Gabrielle Mar is a New York based Taiwanese-American artist. She is multi-lingual with a family history blending Vietnamese and French. She studied as a Ph.D candidate in Visual Arts at University of California at San Diego, with research focused on the intersection of Eastern and Western modern art. She also received an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese modern art history from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Gabrielle was trained in traditional Chinese calligraphy starting at a young age by her grandfather and spoke Chinese, English, French and Japanese. She has taken practical painting lessons at the Art Student League of New York while living and working in Manhattan.

Her works have been shown in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Focus Art Fair at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, and National Arts Club in New York. Most of her works have been collected in the US, Taiwan, France, and UK. Collectors of Gabrielle's artwork may also be found in Brazil and the Phillipines. Gabrielle is a member of Los Angeles Art Association and the National Women Artists Association.

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Gabrielle Mar CV (pdf)



Wesley Girl's School Talk Podcast | 10.2023

Radio Taiwan International Taiwan Uncovered Art Taipei | 10.2023

Be Fine Art Gallery | 06.2023

Tarik Talk podcast | 06.2023

Voyage LA | 05.11.2022

Wesley Girls High School Alumni Association | 08.01.2022

Artist Talk Magazine | 12.28.2021



22nd Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition Golden Award 2023

21st Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition Excellence Award 2022