When Gabriel Gely left France in 1952, he was pursuing a boyhood dream to see the Canadian North. Since his introduction the following year to a remote settlement on Baffin Island, Gabriel lived the greater part of the ensuing thirty-five years in several High Arctic settlements.
As a specialist in the field of Arts and Crafts, he contributed to the early development of Inuit Cooperatives. Not surprisingly, the awesome Land of his dreams with its endearing People inspired his own artworks. During these active years the port of Churchill served as the gateway to the Arctic for Gabriel, the artist-adventurer, who now resides in Selkirk, Manitoba.
Today at the age of 92, Gabe still is producing works of art based on his experiences in the North.