Gabriel Tempesta Art

email:  gabe@gabrieltempesta.com         phone:  802-673-4301

Group Shows

The Laumeister Fine Art Competition at The Bennington Center for the Arts, August 6 - September 11, 2016

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT - Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration and Freedom April 2, 2016 - June 26, 2016

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT:  Landscape Traditions March 22 - October 31, 2014. 

Lamoille County Courthouse: June 29 - August 30, 2013 

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Land and Light, Water and Air - 2012 included in juried group show, awarded first honorable mention

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Trees - juried group show, 2011: asked to speak at the artists roundtable

SEABA Center, Art Hop-2012: Artwork voted into juried show, awarded second place in competition

SEABA Center, Art Hop-2011: included in the juried show

Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: Refuge juried group show, 2011

Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: Birds Eye View juried group show, 2008
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Awards

- CREATION GRANT from the VT Arts Council for The Bumblebee Series - 2013

- FIRST PLACE in category - “Other Media”: Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape, & Architecture 2012; national juried competition
for charcoal painting “Acadian Mist.”

- FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Land and Light, Water and Air 2012; juried competition for casein
painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain.”

- SECOND PLACE: Group juried show at SEABA Center Burlington, VT for casein painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain."

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Solo Shows

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT: Group Show Fragile July 7, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier VT: Landscapes and Wildlife, May 6 - June 30, 2016 

West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT: Our World: Charcoals and Casein, October 9, 2015 - February 15, 2016 

The Berrie Center for Visual Arts at Ramapo College, New Jersey; January 6 - March 30, 2013

River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Bumblebee Series July 11 - September 2, 2013

Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: The Bumblebee Series September 17 - November 2, 2013

River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Dynamic Vermont Landscape November 17, 2011 - January 12, 2012



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Bio

Being born and raised in the Vermont landscape has given rise to the current scope of my artwork. I am continually inspired by the natural landscape while exploring at home or while traveling and look to capture and celebrate that with my paintings. My formal education is from Montserrat College of Art where I studied illustration. 

After training and pursuing a career as an illustrator as a matter of practicality for ten years I felt an urge for more creative freedom in the form of landscape painting.

My black and white paintings have evolved from a charcoal and watercolor mix to oil paint. I recently switched to oil paint in order to more easily mimic the lens effects of photography. I love the process of capturing an image through a camera lens in pixel form then bringing it to life by hand with paint. Early on I considered pursuing photography as a career until this was superseded by my passion for drawing and painting. Now I feel I have come to a balance between the two.

I mostly leave out color in my paintings in order to focus on composition, form, and contrast and to engage in a more simple and direct creative process.

I strive to create a fresh approach to traditional landscape painting where I look for dynamic vantage points in which to portray common features of the landscape. I want the viewer to be familiar with what they are seeing yet also get the feeling they ‘haven’t quite seen it like that before’.