Gisella Stapleton is a Peruvian painter based in London. Since 2000 she has taken many courses in Painting, History of art, Drawing, etc. while studying in the University. Gisella graduated from Valladolid, Salamanca and UNED Universities in Education, and Psychopedagogy. She has been living in London since 2011 where she took a course in Painting and Drawing in The University of the Arts London (UAL).
"I have had a passion for painting since childhood, where I was exposed to the arts through many family members. Music and crafts were always part of my life in Peru as a pastime and as a way of expression. My mother painted recreationally and she taught me how to use her materials. From there I experimented and continued to develop my skills independently"
Gisella's work is particularly influenced by her work with children in education and her admiration of empowered women that have done or are still doing an amazing job in the world. She is captivated with body language and emotions, this in conversation with a blend of intense colours to bring the canvas to life and convey a melodic impression in her paintings
“Colours are feelings and emotions, I think they express something by themselves without any shape and form. I feel they can tell me a whole story when I put them together."
Gisella has exhibited in many galleries mainly in Spain and England since 2007 when she joined the artistic collective "Haciendoloquesepuede" in Valladolid, Spain, an initiative of young artists to spread the art in the city.
More recently she was selected for the group exhibition "Battersea Art Station" that took place at Battersea Arts Center in September 2015.
In November the same year she took residency in the renowned Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch to complete paintings for the commissioned musician themed kaleidoscope exhibition (solo exhibition). After the successful exhibition the paintings were procured for permanent display in the hotel foyer.
Part of Gisella’s 2016 Icons collection (nine artworks) is now at TLV Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In June of 2016 she exhibited part of her new collection and the 2015 collection at the trendy Acklam Village as part of the Open Art Festival of Kensington and Fulham.
Gisella is currently exhibiting at COYA Mayfair, London. (1 December - 1 April).
On March 2017 she is also taking part of a project called HERSTORY in San Diego, California. HERSTORY is an art show (contemporary dance, original live music and painting) inspired by the stories of four contemporary female heroes from the streets of Chicago, to the Peruvian Amazon, to the seas surrounding Syria, these women embody a strength, bravery and resilience worth noting.
From April (2017) Gisella will be exhibiting in the show "Yo Mujer" at Ronda Barcelona Gallery, Barcelona Spain.
Gisella is a born experimenter, she loves constantly testing new mediums and techniques in her work. She also like trying different styles as she consider this is the best way of learning, as Matisse said:
"An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."
She is currently working with acrylics but she also works with mixed media (Acrylics, spray paint, ink, paper sourced from books, newspapers and songs with inspirational words)
Gisella works in a beautiful little house in her garden at Surbiton (Kingston Upon Thames, London). You can come to visit her studio any time, just contact her by email or mobile to arrange a visit.