Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Gabrielle Courtenay

Gabrielle Courtenay has always been interested in pictorial space, aesthetic ornament and the symbolism of beauty. Her paintings while simple in their monochrome colour and sparse placement in space are redolent with metaphorical intent. Her artworks have imbedded narratives that act as a catalyst for the imagination. Her painting is informed by abstraction and her symbolic language references both the 'vanitas tradition' and the work of the early feminine surrealists. In recent years Art Residencies in Australia's Outback and in Beijing with a Red Gate Residency in 2010 have had a direct influence on her work.


Courtenay has moved across different areas of commercial and public art. She has worked for many years as an Art Educator and Art Consultant at Artbank, the National Art Rental Collection as well as designer/ painter on numerous Wall Art Commissions for hotels, restaurants, public buildings and private residencies in Australia and overseas. She now combines painting for Exhibitions with special Wall Art Projects as well as working as an Interiors Consultant on commercial and domestic projects.



1985 Post Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies City Art Institute

1976 Graduate of Education in Art Sydney Teachers College

1974 Bachelor of Science in Architecture University Of New South Wales

Residencies + Awards

2013 Visual Arts Genre-Leader ArtologyRemix for Performance AGNSW 13th July 2013

2011 Hill End artist in Residency Program Haeflingers Cottage

2010 Red Gate Gallery Residency Program March 2010, Beijing China

2008 ‘6 x 6’ Artists Connecting Community Project – Beyond Empathy Moree, NSW

2006 Iliri Artist Scholar Program Residency Ochre House, Fowlers Gap

2005 Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program Bundanon, Shoalhaven

2004 Hill End Artist in Residence Program Haeflingers Cottage

1985 Shell Australia Acquisition Art Prize, Melbourne

Solo Exhibition

2015 Phosphoresce William Street Studios, Paddington

2013 Navigating Dark Waters Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne

2012 Wunderkammer Series Block Projects, Melbourne

2012 Journey to 'no man's land' The Project Wall James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney

2011 Colliding Worlds Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Colliding Worlds Depot 11 Gallery, Danks Street Sydney

2009 Chasing Tumbleweed Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne

2008 EDGE Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2007 EDGE Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne

2006 Penumbra Mary Place Gallery. Paddington Sydney, White Lines Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2005 White Lines Mary Place Gallery. Paddington Sydney, White Lines SPAN Galleries, Melbourne

2003 New Painting SPAN Galleries, Melbourne

2002 Allure Bark Modern Art, Hong Kong, Allure The Depot Gallery, Waterloo Sydney

2000 Shift Mary Place Gallery. Paddington Sydney

1998 Foil Mary Place Gallery. Paddington Sydney

1994 D’Stilled ROM Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney

1985 Courtenay Hogarth Gallery Sydney