Gabrielle Graessle

Artist statement

“I paint all what surrounds me, what I see. My work is intuitive and inspired by all what takes my interest. All becomes form, enters into my drawings and paintings: animals, nature, fashion, films, books, news, also feelings, music, images from childhood up to now, without restrictions.
I start my work intuitively with or without an idea. It takes then on a life of its own,
goes somewhere else entirely.
Often, I develop the ideas from my drawings and transform them into my paintings.
My paintings are colourful, figurative, kitsch and large, sometimes with text, mostly 180 x 260 cm, done with acrylic, spray and sometimes glitter.
I love large paintings, I like to be surrounded by my imagery, to immerse completely in my world of images.
I work normally on 4-6 paintings at the same time and switch between drawings and paintings, which frees me again and again and also leads to new topics.…..…
I draw and paint without thinking, pin the drawings on the wall and don’t look longer at them.
The drawings are not looking for a result.
I live and work in a group of old cottages in the south of Spain where I have several studios to paint and to draw.
I hate routine and I always listen to music when I work. I turn the music on and then I let it happen.” – Gabrielle Graessle



Gabrielle Graessle was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1956 and has been fascinated by
painting and drawing since she was a child. She attended Zurich Art School for 5 years,
where she completed a degree in graphic design. Her first exhibitions took place while she
was still a student. During this time, she made mainly black and white charcoal drawings
spontaneously depicting her personal imagery.
For 15 years, she was represented by various galleries in Switzerland. Many of her
charcoal drawings hang in private and public collections.
At the beginning of 2000, she and her partner emigrated to France and later to Spain,
where they built and redesigned old houses. For years they moved from one renovation
project to the next. At that time, her means of expression were mainly drawings and
In 2015, she settled down in Andalusia. She decided to immerse herself completely in her
imaginary world again and to express herself in large format, colored, intuitive and
figurative paintings.
Her studio is located in a group of old cottages in the middle of nowhere. There are no
distractions, and she can fully concentrate on her work in a secluded setting in nature. There
she works on several canvases at the same time, creating multiple series of paintings.
At the same time, drawings are still an important part of her work. These are spontaneous
expressions of her thoughts and stories. They are often the starting point for her paintings.
In 2020, she restarted to present her art at art fairs in Barcelona and Madrid, and participated
in group shows in Germany and France.

Selected exhibitions and art fairs

2022 IRL New York, USA
2022 “paper.” BEERS London. London. UK
2022 USEFUL THINGS, Berlin Germany
2022 URVANITY ART FAIR. Galeria Yusto/Giner. Madrid. Spain
2022 Galeria Yusto/Giner. Marbella. Spain
2022 “Floralia“ Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2022 “ALBUM DE FAMILIA“Alzueta Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2022 “Like a slight hiccup” La Grange Gallery. Cernay-Lès-Reims. France
2022 Rarity Gallery. Mykonos. Greece

2022 ART BUSAN. Galeria Yusto/Giner. Busan. Korea
2021 “YEE YEE” Alzueta Gallery. Barcelona. Spain
2021 Art Miami. Galeria Yusto/Giner. Miami. USA
2021 Rarity Gallery. Mykonos. Greece
2021 USEFUL THINGS, Uxval Gochez Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2020 “PAPERWORKS VOL. I“ NBB Gallery. Berlin. Germany
2020 Galerie Rompone. Köln. Germany
2020 SWAB Barcelona. Granada Gallery. Barcelona. Spain
2020 “WAY OUT“ La Grange Gallery. Cernay-Lès-Reims. France
2020 Another Fair. Granada Gallery. Madrid. Spain