20 October to 25 November 2018
Gabriel Tiongson is a visual artist, born in the Philippines and currently resides in Auckland. He draws inspiration from a range of childhood stimuli – American cartoons, toys, comic books, video games, and Japanese pop culture. Tiongson explores and combines these sources to create illustrations, paintings and sculptures that fuse brilliant colour and experimental mark making with organic forms and cartoon distortions.
His latest works endeavour to harmonize the fortuitous and the intentional. The introduction of the grid was an unforeseen welcome, as in previous works he favoured curvy lines and bulbous forms. Here, he plays with these more fluid elements and adds light and dark layers on the grid, giving contrasting compatibility. This body of work considers minimal moves and sharp corners while playfully integrating his colourful and rotund sensibilities.
Gabriel Tiongson completed his Visual Arts degree at Unitec and continues to develop his art practice. His work has been shown in various galleries around Auckland and internationally throughout Asia.