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first look: gabriel j. shuldiner

Edited by: Stacey Cunningham
on February 24th, 2012
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Name: Gabriel J. Shuldiner

Origin:  Manhattan

Profession:  Artist and Founder of Gabriel J. Shuldiner Jewelry

Currently residing:  Manhattan

How you got your start:  I've been an artist since the day I was born; always creating or wanting to create for as long as I can remember.  About a decade ago I realized and finally accepted this fact. I picked up a paintbrush and an old can of black spray paint and just went at it.  Madness incurred in a bizarre twenty-first century existential enlightenment, it all just felt right and made sense. Definitely my ‘eureka!’ moment.  I quit my A&R and Marketing record business career and devoted myself entirely to art- I've never looked back.

Best gig so far:  When Sally LaPointe asked me to create the jewelry and accessories for her debut NYFW show.  [You can see LookBooks recap of Sally’s Fall 2012 here, in this writer’s humble opinion the jewelry was not as cool.]   At the time, I had just earned my MFA from Parsons and recently begun creating my signature one-of-a-kind all black pieces.  My jewelry was a direct, natural and logical extension of my larger studio based work.  Watching my bespoke work come down the runway was a definite highlight.  It was also pretty incredible when Seven New York first picked up my line.  Then there was the Bronx Museum of the Arts' 30th Anniversary group show which my work was featured in this past summer and the Christopher Henry Gallery shortly thereafter.  I was also pretty stoked about a segment on Oprah featuring my work.  Honestly, every single gig has it’s moment as the 'best gig ever' until I'm on to the next one.

What's Next:  More BLACK!  This year will see me further expand all aspects of my work both nationally and internationally.  I have some really major things lined up for 2012 that I cannot mention just yet, but I will say I'm happily very busy in my studio.   Concurrently I’m working on some heavily blackened hybrid sculptural paintings, a new series of black drawings, some all black digital prints and really incredible brand new one of a kind jewelry and accessories.  The jewelry will be made available exclusively through my new website (www.gabrieljshuldinerjewelry.com) as part of my recently launched Fleurs Du Mal 2012 collection.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Wilson.


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