What gives a human being a sense of who he is? Some people will say that it is his principles and beliefs, and others think that it is what he does or who he calls family. However, it’s also true that our sense of identity is closely tied to the land and to the plants and animals that call it home in the same way that we do. It is this kind of close link to the Earth and Mother Nature that Glenn P. Remolador explores in his oil painting “Unwavering Ethinicity” which is currently on display in a gallery-cafe within the precincts of the Jade Dragon’s Suites, a small yet elegant Davao hotel.
“Unwavering Ethncity” has as its subject the orchids that have made Davao famous all over the world. But this isn’t just your usual painting of a flower, or the kind of painting that you’ll find in gift shops and resorts all over the country. It’s a refreshing and well-executed take on the subject matter, with an interesting interplay of soft and rigid elements.
This painting depicts an arrangement of three red, pink, and white orchids superimposed on another painting of bamboo plants. The effect is meant to be surreal and indeed manages to create a kind of clever optical illusion where the bamboos are framing the orchids. There is an interesting interplay of the bamboos’ vertical and diagonal lines with the orchids’ rounded and more natural shapes. The orchids are also depicted over lush foliage while the bamboo appears almost like geometric stripes on a plain white field. The colors also complement each other perfectly, working with complement and contrast as well as a very modern aesthetic. All in all, the effect of this painting is one of opposites existing in harmony.
There is perhaps nothing that truly defines us as much as the sights, scents, and sounds that we have experienced throughout our lives, especially during the impressionable childhood years. This painting captures that imaginative era when everything seemed so vivid and we believed implicitly that the Universe would be able to answer all our questions.
This eye-caching work may viewed and purchased at Chings Resto-Kaffee. If you ‘d like to enjoy a bit of art when you visit Davao stay at the Jade Dragon’s Suites, one of the cheap hotels in Davao City where you can enjoy quality service and amenities at a reasonable price.