Heather Gabel is a fine artist, exhibiting internationally as well as a freelance graphic designer for lots of bands. Upcoming attractions for 2011 include an art shot at POVevolving gallery in Los Angeles with Steak Mtn in July, as well as a retrospective book and gallery show in Chicago of all the work she has done for the band Alkaline Trio. Gabel designed and sold their merch for ten years for Alkaline Trio and has an awful lot of Xeroxed, cut-and-paste designs on paper to show for it.
Heather is moved to create visually fantastic situations that are not based in reality but, rather, that she has stumbled upon in her head. Her work is at once nostalgic and timeless, offering the viewer a unique glimpse into what was, what is, and what could never be.
Inspired by fancy grandmas, mossy trees, jaunty caps, prosthetic limbs, flowers, old movies and the overall grandeur of the past, Heather cleverly juxtaposes classic imagery with clean, stark lines and cutting irony.
Experienced in many mediums, she combines painting, collage, and photography in a unique fashion to create iconic images that have a lasting visual impact on viewers.
Heather has also done extensive design work for plenty of bands, including AFI, Rancid, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
When not on tour Heather spends her time collecting scissors, making art, riding her bike to thrift stores, designing things for bands, taking pictures, doing puzzles all night with her fabulous husband, and baking in a fancy apron.
If you’d like to learn more about Gabel or check out her work, visit HeatherGabel.com where there is always new stuff in the store, updated show schedules, and other various forms of radness.