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Gabriel Heimler

Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc

Gabriel was born in France from Hungarian parents. After attending Art School in Paris he moved to Berlin where he worked as an artist for 20 years until 2010. During his career Gabriel sold through the Ladengalerie in Berlin at other galleries in Europe and at Sotheby's in New York. In Berlin his career started after being asked to join an international group of artists painting murals on the Berlin Wall, after its fall in 1989. His contribution, the 'Wall Jumper' – became well known as an unofficial symbol for Berlin. Gabriel was the youngest artist asked to contribute and his mural portrayed a West German leaping over the wall to the East, ready to buy up the East German state companies (but was mostly misinterpreted as an East German leaping to freedom). The Berlin Wall murals are now known as the East Side Gallery and they are on the last section of the Berlin Wall remianing. In Berlin Gabriel helped re-establish  Jewish cultural life. He also organised an international collaboration project, Art Express, featuring exhibitions in public spaces in a number of European cities.

In 2010 with his partner Anna Proc he moved to Wellington.

Gabriel together with Anna painted a new mural, 'The Mover' on the outside of the Museum Art Hotel (now the QT Hotel) for Wellington art supporter and the hotel owner Chris Parkin. 'The Mover' celebrates the engineering feat of transporting the hotel on rails to its present location, to make way for the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. 'The Mover' and 'The Wall Jumper'  link Wellington and Berlin through art.

In 2014 both murals were selected by the Lonely Planet Guidebook as landmarks of their respective cities and featured in the Berlin and New Zeland 2014 guidebooks.

Their exhibitions for the Kiwi Art House Gallery include, The Beehive in Cuba St, 2011, Happy Pacifica, 2012, Foxtrot around the Piano, 2013, Shadow in the Bush, 2014, Inside View, 2015, All in the Same Waka 2017, On the Road 2018, Gauguin in Aotearoa 2019.

In 2019 two of their paintings from the 2018 On the Road series were selected with 19 other well known New Zealand artists to be part of the first New Zealand entry into the 8th Beijing biennale international art fair.

 

'The Mover' Wellington                                                                                     'The Wall Jumper' Berlin