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Joseph Gabriel

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Exploring notions of residual and material accumulation, much of my concerns have been influenced by moving into an environment where I associate seasonal transition with sentimentality. Looking at detritus and ephemeral matters found in nature, I approach my work as an attempt to reify, memorialise and enliven, what would otherwise be considered as trivial remains. 

Working with clay as a substrate for markings and immediate gestural traces, I investigate how this visual language could articulate the tension between what was left behind, and a sense of renewal — taking reference from dereliction and fragmented pieces, trying to find a coherent whole.


  • Joseph Gabriel is a visual artist from the Philippines, whose artistic practice spans from drawing, sculpture and installation. Through his works, he investigates notions of land, origin, memory, and sense of place. Using materials that are inherently fragile, visually delicate or in the state of transformation, his works explore the duality of nature and artifice.

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA Painting, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 2013; Exchange Programme, Ceramics, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 2012
  • Experiences

  • Intern/3D artist, Billy Lloyd Ceramics, London, 2018–2019
  • Exhibitions

  • Miscellany, Fitzgerald Residence, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Made Here, Guttenberg Arts, New Jersey, USA, 2017; Art Together With the Town, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan, 2015; Imago Mundi, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2015; Re:pulse, Makna Seni, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2015; Luminescence, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines, 2014; Telling Pain(t), National Museum of Singapore, Singapore, 2013; Rencontres, Gallery Droite, Paris, 2012; Art by the Square Foot, Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, 2011
  • Awards

  • RJ Washington Bursary, 2019; 1st Prize, Ceramics and Glass Tin Competition, The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers of London, 2019; The RCA Fund International Scholarship, 2018; The Abraaj – RCA Innovation Scholarship, 2017; Outstanding Thesis Award, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2013; Gawad Tanglaw for Artistic Excellence, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2013; 3rd Prize, Watercolour category, Shell National Art Competition, Philippines, 2012
  • Funding

  • RCA Fund International Scholarship
Royal College of Art