Gabriela Cohen (b. 1998, London) is a Bournemouth based artist creating primarily
figurative work with oil paints on canvas. Gabriela graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art
from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2020. In 2021 Gabriela went onto become a semi-
finalist on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and partook in the Graduate Launchpad
Residency at spudWORKS (New Forest) until October 2022. Recent exhibitions include
‘DELTA GAMMA’ 21st October – 18th November 2022 at Saatchi Gallery.
Gabriela is a painter who creates psychedelic, magical, and sensitive explorations imbued
with a romantic yearning for the unattainable, visiting the past. Gabriela’s process utilises
analogue photography, editing the colours in these images to produce references for her
paintings. The physical act of painting combined with digital editing creates ambiguity about
the time in which her paintings exist, which may be interpreted as a form of time travelling.
Gabriela works on an ultra-smooth sanded canvas, wiping away the oil paint to reveal the
canvas beneath, working in layers. In some ways this method of painting echoes the soft
and romantic feel of film photography.