Baguio-based artist James Gabito is a 2015 GSIS honorable mention and 2015 MADE finalist, making a name for himself for painting archetypes of Mountain Province culture, attesting to the region’s unspoiled, vibrant way of living. Gabito assembles these images with a sense of artisanal intricacy and rawness to his subjects.
Gabito’s interpretation stems from his perspective of change in practice, such as that from weaving or planting rice. His unique expression takes on a ligneous characteristic that shows the progression of his developing style, as he leans towards rendering fluid abstracted figures. Focusing on indigenous characters, he goes on to present audiences with people who hold important roles in Mountain Province, as well as moments or milestones that mark rites of passage such as courtship, taking audiences into a cultural exploration of a day in the life of a Cordilleran native.