There are certain people who believe that in order to be of substance, a painting should be obscure and difficult to fathom. Then there are those artists who believe that a work must function on all levels – that it should be attractive and simply understood on the surface yet containing different layers of meaning that can be unearthed the longer the viewer looks at the painting. The artist who created “The Two Birds” is obviously one of the latter.
“The Two Birds” is an acrylic on canvas painting by Lino F. Velchez Jr. The painting depicts a couple of colourful parrots on an equally colourful background. This is an eye-catching and showy piece that’s guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, especially since the artist’s virtuosity is also evident in the composition, lines, and colors that make up this piece.
“The Two Birds” could simply exist for the sake of its attractiveness. It is flooded with all the seven colors of the rainbow, with the only muted portions being the birds’ claws and the branch that the parrots are sitting on. The background is composed of geometric shapes, and the primary colors – blue, yellow, and red – are obviously dominant in the work. This painting is actually very contemporary in its look, almost resembling pop art or comic book art. This tension between new technique and a pretty classic subject makes this artwork very memorable indeed.
Is there any deeper meaning to the work? Probably, but it could very easily be taken and enjoyed for what it is – and there’s nothing wrong with that. On the whole, it is a picture that’s bound to be a conversation piece and one that expresses the joyful exuberance that is associated with the bright colors and fantastic plumage of the tropical birds that are the subject of this painting.
This work is a wonderfully decorative piece and would suit all kinds of spaces. It would be the perfect complement to an airy modern home that’s full of light, air, white, and neutral shades. Yet, it would also work to update a more traditional space.
This painting and other works for sale from the same artist can be found in the newest haven for Davaoeno art located in the heart of one of the nicest cheap hotels in Davao City – the Jade Dragon’s Suites. Visitors to this Davao hotel should drop by Chings Resto-Kaffee and enjoy the good food and good art they have to offer.