The Cover Story: Gabriel Solis


Our striking cover this month would not have been possible without Gabriel Solis, a skilled painter who brought writer Charles Portis to life on the front of our April 2018 issue. AY Art Director and Photographer Jamison Mosley shot Solis’ oil painting and designed this month’s cover. Read April’s cover story on Portis, and don’t miss Oxford American magazine’s series of events celebrating “50 Years of True Grit” this weekend.

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Gabriel Solis’ painting for AY‘s April 2018 issue.

Gabriel Solis is an American painter who excels in the use of many mediums and there is no style that is beyond his extraordinary capabilities. He is equally proficient in creating old master paintings, site specific large contemporary artworks, and detailed digital imagery and photogrammetry along with specialty finishes for interior designers, builders and private commissions. Viewing him also creating live performance painting while performing in the Little Rock-based musical group Canvas is also an exciting creative experience.

As a painter, Solis pursues creative projects ranging from master painting style oil paintings to bold contemporary large art works. His palette is both innovative and complex, mixing styles and mediums to best suit his latest creative pursuit.

The artist brings an extensive mastery of color theory, innate sense of rhythm, and compositional elements to each painting. As an abstract painter he is an highly skilled artisan whose art styles compliment almost any environment. His art is visual poetry bursting forth with relentless energetic expression and passion.

Today, Gabriel works closely with decorators, builders, and individual clients to bring a multi-dimensional feel to interior spaces. He has the ability to transform a client’s vision into reality while still bringing to the project his own experience and interpretation. Utilizing elements from traditional art forms and years of set production experience from the entertainment industry, his artwork and decorative painting are unique in a field bogged down with sponge and rag-wash faux-finishing techniques. He is also known for his antiquing and gilding, trompe l’oeil, murals, and stunning design finishes.

Indeed, Solis has developed his own visual vocabulary and inimitable style. With utmost proficiency he invites us to view the world as a magical, fluid and invigorating panorama. Through his colorful paintings and visual designs he helps us experience our universe with a new expansive and compelling perspective.

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