Gabriel studied History of Art at the University of Leeds and University College London, before completing his PhD at the University of York in 2015. His research encompasses art in Britain across the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on sculpture and its relations with industry and technology. He has recently co-edited and co-authored the book Art versus Industry?: New perspectives on visual and industrial cultures in nineteenth-century Britain, published by Manchester University Press in 2016.
Gabriel has given research talks at institutions in the UK and abroad, including the V&A and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. He has taught Art History courses for the University of York and for educational companies, and currently leads tours for several providers on subjects ranging from Renaissance painting to Country House architecture and Modernist sculpture.