“[Bates] replaces ethnographic patterning with a floral fragility, caught between romantic apparition and an earthly reality.”
- Gina Fairley, The Elasticity of a Golden Thread, catalogue essay, 2008

“She… manages to create works with a mesmerising impact that is due entirely to their rhythm and sheer  beauty.”
- Angela Hijjas, Philanthropist, Collector and Director of Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia, 2008

“What draws me to Gabrielle’s work is a poignant and dynamic synthesis of both internal and external voices, which are realised through personal, cultural and aesthetic symbolism.”
- Dr Isla Carboon, Collector, 2007

“Gabrielle expresses profound local and contemporary issues in an elegant and poetic way.”
- Malcolm Utley, Australian Visual Artist, 2007