Meet The Artist

Hi, I’m Jonathan Dmitri Gabel. Thank you for taking a few minutes to look at my artwork and photography and to get to know me. My paintings and photos reflect life as I see it, revealing the magic within the ordinary. My influences come from moments during celebrations, people I see on the street, and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to live in and visit. Sometimes I just run into things that appear to be illuminated from within, like an abandoned truck or car resting in a field, and suddenly I have a scene in my mind that becomes either a painting or a photo.

I’m in my late twenties and it seems I’ve been painting my entire life. I was born in Russia and was adopted by my parents and came to the United States when I was three. My parents brought me back to Austin, Texas, where I lived for my first 9 years in the United States. From Austin we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and from Albuquerque to Washington D.C. Then a year abroad in Israel and upon my return I was off to Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. After college I struck out for Durango, Colorado and most recently have moved to Philadelphia.

Seven moves. Some people might say that was a lot of moving around. I would probably agree, but to me every move was a new adventure—meeting new people, adjusting to new lifestyles, new experiences, etc. It’s been very exciting. And importantly, all these moves have had a significant impact on my art and photography. If you asked me of all the places I’ve lived, which has had the greatest influence on my artwork, I think it was my time in the Southwest. The colors I use remind me of traveling throughout Texas and New Mexico with my family. My fascination with old cars and trucks probably comes from the many rusting and abandoned old vehicles I saw along the way, and the mountainous background in my paintings represent my impression of the Colorado Rockies.

I’ve decided to so-to-speak “turn pro,” and make art my life work. I hope you enjoy my paintings and photos and will become a regular visitor to my website,, or look for my work at ETSY, PIXELS, and some of the other platforms that are available. If you have any questions, please send an email to

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Meet the artist

Find me at:

Hot Bed
723 Chestnut Street
Studio 3
Philadelphia, Pa 19106

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