May 2006: Gabriel Fernandez Paintings

In Gabriel Fernandez's latest body of work, Fernandez continues to explore interior spaces.  His initial interest in a painting is to merge still life and landscape imagery into an interior space.  His next level of interest is how the reality of the space relates to the abstract.  Many of his compositions suggest a minimalist framework of abstract expressionism; though they don't depart from the traditional methods he has been trained in.  With these works, he explores the relationships between mood and light, realism and the narrative with the abstract, and paint with the process.  In a perfect example of this objective, in one of his paintings Fernandez paints the warmth of the interior of a room in contrast with the cool exterior, setting a mood, playing with light and telling a story as well.