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Gabriel was trained in painting at the Bilmes' School of Art with an emphasis on the Russian Academic System and has since then dedicated his travels to study of master painters in Europe, botanical painting in Japan and plein air painting Tuscany, Mexico, The Virgin Islands and throughout North America. His work has been exhibited at The Portland Art Museum, The Rhymer Gallery in Nashville, The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara and New Masters Gallery, Carmel, Davis & Cline and Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland, OR. His work can be found in several corporate collections and he was recently awarded the Haines and Friends Foundation Artist Grant.
As a painter, Gabriel tends to balance two practices. One is based in global concerns, exploring themes of energy, wealth and ambition. Gabriel’s other practice allows him to depart from the drama of the current state of affairs and focus on the beauty of the immediate.
Two of Lipper’s current series of paintings Urban Legend and Thoroughbred examine the Dionysian beauty and indulgent luxury of contemporary culture. “I host cocktail parties and paint the people who show up,” says Lipper. His ability to “paint the people who show up,” translates into brilliant paintings filled with lush color and strong brushwork, creating evocative moods. Lipper’s figures are beautifully rendered with strong light and confident form, a nod to his academic background, while his compositions and subjects are anything but academic. His paintings seduce viewers into an opulent world. Searching eyes and empty glasses engage us while others stay lost in their own introspection. The backgrounds dance with heavy impasto paint and heady color. His narrative subjects exist in an environment of painterly abstraction. “I’ve always been a bit of a voyeur. Hopefully, by observing the surface, I’m able to glean a bit of understanding as to what’s going on inside.”
The people in Gabriel’s paintings vary wildly. Bull riders, a woman lost in her thoughts, vacant hipsters, a seasoned magnate, are all painted with the same love and respect. Lipper’s love of art, and respect for the muse are the driving forces behind what he chooses to paint.