Originally from Zurich, Gabriel Böhmer says he spends a lot of time listening to the random thoughts that cross one’s mind. Convinced that the subconscious has a worthwhile narrative, he documents his sometimes tragic, often humorous, and always absurd reflections on dreams, ponderous moments, and the mundane. His influences lie in impressionist, surrealist, and contemporary painters, but he also draws inspiration from music and writing.
After leaving Boston, and the financial services industry, in 2011, he moved to Buenos Aires for two years, and began dedicating himself to painting, writing, and film. When not in the studio, Gabriel can be seen singing growly songs around his current hometown of Edinburgh.
Single Father: When Gabriel was making a salad he encountered this enterprising bunny, who wanted some greens for his three growing children. The bunny was adamantly refusing to eat them, despite the local economic situation. Father of the year? Gabriel thinks so.
Accountant:Gabriel says he met this kind fellow outside an office block. He was displaying incredible feats of strength with a hammer, but none of the other onlookers were particularly impressed. Turns out, they really just wanted him to get on with doing their taxes. Oh well, he seemed to be having a nice time anyway
Turning To Flowers:This piece focuses on remembering specificity, but having trouble accurately assembling all of it. The individual pieces are honest, but the end result is confused. Gabriel says that he's been spending a lot of time outdoors. And that the more he has, the more he's begun to resemble the outdoors. Not altogether a terrible thing. Although having berries for eyes makes it rather difficult to see.
Bear loves Poll:Gabriel insists that this bear was once a series of maps focused on the topography of an old forest - which was cut down to make the maps. Eventually the maps grew tired of this absurdity and decided to express themselves as a bear. Gabriel says he was walking around a large nature reserve when he came across this bear amongst many colourful flowers and plants. On his arm perched a parrot by the name of Poll, and the bear loved Poll. So much so, that the bear decided to have this tattooed on his arm. It just goes to show, friends and compassion are sometimes in places where we wouldn't expect them to be.
Topography Man:A three dimensional recreation of a newly formed nature reserve that just happens to be in the shape of one of Gabriel's portraits. Each piece of elevation is formed with another layer of 300g/m 140lb Paper, and then mapped with pencil. Gabriel says, 'I was dreaming about a portrait I'd painted a few months ago, when a new landmass formed in just that shape off the coast of somewhere I don't quite remember. I have it on good authority that there's anything you'd want there: mountains, forests, fields, and lakes!' Where this place currently resides, Gabriel seems to have forgotten. Something about the topographical shape getting up and really needing a cup of tea on occasion - making it difficult to know where the whole thing is at any given moment.
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