Gabriel is an animist, contemporary British artist and luminous cartographer who bridges paintings and maps born through their collaborative work with the Unseen folk & ancestral spirits.
Their work is included in exhibitions and private collections worldwide and is considered to be at the leading edge of contemporary animist art.
“As an animist, the focus of my work and path is the relationships and connections between humans, nature and the unseen – those liminal thresholds where two become three.
My work is an ongoing craft of re-enchantment, of casting a light on the truly untamed mystery of the world(s) that surround us. These maps & paintings are important because we’re conditioned to only work with what we can see and what is consensually agreed to be real. Our lives are becoming more and more impoverished for it; we have become disenchanted.
This work and my path is to counter-balance this spell of dis-enchantment that has been cast upon our society; the rejection of mystery in the frantic scramble to explain, label and control everything. It is an evocation to those mysteries that sit coiled, waiting, just behind the illusionary veil of the ‘rational’ world. It is a call for them to come forth so that they may once again become part of our story, re-vitalising us in the process.
By trying to explain away the mysterious nature of the world, we destroy the power that is our birthright. We have become reliant on others, the media, our governments to tell us how to think and feel. We have in many ways become domesticated, cowed and tamed, unable to think for ourselves.
We dupe ourselves into giving up our living wild-fire for shiny plastic torches, ensnaring ourselves in a cycle of having to buy batteries for a narrow, dim and domesticated light; one that does not warm us, nourish, protect or feed us.
When we reclaim our inner wild-fire, we once again find ourselves illuminating the vast, untamed forest of our potential. The place where wild things and magical possibilities exist. Where we have the power to re-wild ourselves and reclaim the full potential that is being fully human.
These works are a reminder and a doorway to what we truly are, beyond our mundane lives. Each painting is an altar, an invocation and a call to our untamed selves.”
Through trance, ceremony, divination, journeying and guided mark-making, Gabriel bridges teachings, experiences and encounters into luminous maps for the soul, offering signposts to lead us back to our whole, luminous, magnificent selves.
Working closely with the land and our undomesticated ancestors, Gabriel’s work explores many themes including those of remembrance, transformational journeys and re-wilding.
Gabriel also works with individuals on a one-to-one basis and is available for painting commissions for healing, support through a particular issue, or simply growing a deeper and wilder connection with your path and life.
Follow Gabriel’s personal instagram account @foldweg below which records their journeys, encounters and work in the land:
(If you would like to find out more about animism, it’s related practices and their applications there is a free online ‘Foundation in Animism’ course here.)