The imagery itself is not silent. It is expressionistic and reflects the endless degrees of human presence that a portrait can hold. But these are not actual portraits. By expressing the human face universally rather than individually, he questions what life is for a size. In the midst of the colorless, glowing or sensuous brushstrokes, within the powerful strokes and gentle lines, lies something universal that is all about us all. The strengths and weaknesses of the faces turn out to be existential.
The superimposed and overlapping moods and emotions do not come directly and simply in outbursts – here is no obvious laughter, sadness, anger. It is the complexity and the many nuances that make the viewer think about where you are in your life? Gabriel’s art gives rise to something introverted that, like a mirror, makes it possible to face the world and other people.