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Gabrielle Reeves is an American painter based in Istanbul, Turkey. She is known for her use of vibrant colors and diverse mediums, including oil, acrylic, gouache, and found materials. With a focus on reciprocal interactions between individuals and the world around them, Gabrielle's work weaves together historical narratives with contemporary contexts.


Honing her craft at the University of Wyoming, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art, Gabrielle immersed herself in the study of painting and observational drawing. These formative years served as a catalyst for the development of her distinctive style, characterized by a determination to capture the essence of her subjects. In 2014, Gabrielle embarked on a new chapter by relocating to Istanbul, where she has since worked as an artist and art teacher, drawing inspiration from her life in Turkey and her experiences abroad.


Gabrielle has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in her native state of Wyoming and surrounding areas. Her work has also been viewed by audiences across Istanbul, Turkey, and Europe.



I am fascinated with creating space in my art where cultures intermingle, bridging gaps that may not have been crossed otherwise. The core of my artistic inquiry explores how individuals relate to the world and how our surroundings shape us. Inspired by the uniquely beautiful and distinct cultural histories of both Turkey and my native Wyoming, my work serves as a reflection of these diverse geographies that have profoundly influenced my artistic identity. Through my art, I delve into concepts of family, history, time and place, often creating a conversation between the current cultural landscape of Wyoming and the ancient human history found in Turkey.


Beyond using traditional materials such as oil, gouache and acrylic, my work often incorporates a diverse range of techniques and found objects. I have discovered a wealth of objects to collect in my studio by visiting the ubiquitous flea markets and antique stores of Istanbul. Antique frames, wallpaper, and old book covers often find their way into my paintings. I have also developed an interest in learning local crafts, like marbling paper, and incorporate these techniques into my work. The integration of found objects and local craft traditions blurs the boundaries between tradition and innovation, art and everyday life.


Through painting and drawing, I aim to unravel the interwoven layers of personal and collective histories. My intention is to spark conversations through my work that challenge existing narratives and invite viewers to contemplate the interconnectedness of our shared experiences across borders and time.

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