Ever since prehistoric men first decided to paint pictures of bison hunts on the stone walls of their caves, painting has been recognized as a wonderful means to make abstract concepts real for us. After all, they do say that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” A painting can make large ideas that can be difficult to negotiate more concrete and easy to imagine. This act of making abstract ideas palpable is evident in “Love, Peace, and Unity” by Romeo Dumuk III.
This acrylic on paper work is a very colourful piece that features a number of elements. The predominant colors are blue and earth tones such as warm browns, oranges and yellows. The center of the painting is dominated by a human-like figure who seems to be seated in a pose reminiscent of the Buddha. His hands are clasped together with the fingers coming to a point and directed skyward. His lower limbs are bent, but instead of assuming the arrangement for the lotus position they flow downwards. Upon closer examination, it is revealed that what looks like legs are actually the bodies of two smaller figures with bent knees and hands similarly clasped in a position of prayer. These small figures look like children, suspended in the blue haze that forms the background of this painting.
Above these praying figures, there is a bright yellow flower that resembles a daisy or a wildflower – something simple and unassuming that you would find growing freely by the roadside rather than in an expensive bouquet. This flower-like image could also be a heavenly object – a bright sun or a light radiating from the sky. From the corona of this bit of blossom or light – whichever it is – come blue and red lines that appear to embrace the top third of the picture. Beneath it are swirls and spatters of yellow and orange.
Love, peace and unity in this picture are evoked by the exuberant and ingenuous execution of the artist. It is a simple picture, yet one that manages to give the viewer a feeling of gladness and tranquility. Indeed, this painting is a good example of MacLuhan’s maxim about the medium being the message.
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The Romantics believed that the best Art could only come after the initial outpouring of emotion was over and the artist had had the leisure to examine the feelings engendered by the event in a state of tranquility Modern artists meanwhile believe that for art to be alive it should be more visceral, and powered by raw emotion if need be. The art work by Bryan Cabrera entitled “She Loves Me, She Loves Me” obviously belongs to the latter school of thought.
While this ballpen on paper creation takes love as its subject, but it does not depict the sweet or the fulfilling side of love. Rather, it forces the viewer to acknowledge that what we call the “tender passion” can sometimes be anything but that. Instead of tenderness, this work reveals the pain that is the natural consequence of loving fiercely and deeply. Indeed, although this painting could easily be read as the aftermath of a separation or a breakup, the same strong energy could come from a tempestuous love story in which the partners are still together.
“She Loves Me, She Loves Me” is a sensational picture of blood and violence. The artist – in true modern or indeed, post-modern fashion – does not hesitate to blatantly employ the sensational to catch the viewer’s attention. This painting depicts two hands – one holding a knife that is severing the fingers of the other, which is splayed out as if in agony. Gout of blood metamorphose into what looks like red rose petals, which also fill a bowl in the upper right-hand corner. Tellingly, only the middle finger of the mutilated hand remains upraised in defiance.
There is a stark and startling realism in this picture, thanks to the artist’s skill. Indeed, this art work is all the more amazing for having been made only with the simplest of tools – the lowly ball-point pen. It has the air of a teenagers troubled doodling in schoolbook or journal, an effect which is particularly suited to the type of sentiment that this painting seeks to express. The title along with the disturbing imagery makes for a very contemporary piece that is not for the faint of heart.
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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.
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“Memories of Perception” consists of a hollow-eyed plaster mask on a varnished wooden frame, mounted yet again on a black frame embellished with gold splatters and specks. Flanking the mask are two rectangles of what appears to be handmade paper. Stencilled neon-green leaves punctuate the black background.
This work is certainly not about any rose-colored memories or any form of sentimental nostalgia. Rather, it seems to speak of a more primal memory – one that stretches back across the years to a purer time when man was closer to nature and more in touch with the animal side of himself. There is certainly a kind of no-nonsense physicality about this work with its strong shapes and the earth tones. There is something about it that reminds the viewer of the old pagan festivals, parts of which resurface in celebrations like the Sinulog, the Ati-atihan or indeed, in Davao’s own Kadayawan.
Memory is all about perception, and perception creates the memory. The way one perceives things – the shapes one chooses to see, the words one chooses to filter out of all the sounds that surround a person in everyday life – is key to determining how an event will be remembered. This multi-media artwork addresses cultural memory however, going beyond personal reminiscence to touch on what people remember in their blood and in their bones of a way of life that has all but disappeared in the onslaught of modernity.
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When you think of Filipino paintings, the image that often comes to mind is that of an idyllic landscape or an idealized depiction of farmers and barrio lasses in sunlit fields a la Fernando Amorsolo. Indeed, this kind of painting remains popular despite the influx of many new painting techniques and ideas. Filipino painters continue to depict the beautiful Philippine landscape and the Filipino peasant at work because these concepts remain at the heart of our national identity. Rodney Yap gives this time-honored genre a slightly modern twist in his acrylic on canvas painting called “Gathering Coconuts.”
“Gathering Coconuts” may not be executed in the usual realistic manner, but it still allows a great deal of the Filipino spirit to shine through. This painting is done in a more contemporary style, almost like a storybook illustration. Like Amorsolo’s work, it seems to be influenced by the Impressionists and their love affair with light. This painting is not strictly representational, but it does seek to capture the effects of light and shade on an almost fairy tale landscape.
In the realm where “Gathering Coconuts” takes place, the sky is a lovely turquoise blue and the rainbow filters down into the foliage. The light that glimmers between the trees is lemon, purple and peach, and the little human figures seem almost an afterthought in the midst of this fanciful depiction of the rural landscape. Interestingly, while this painting is about gathering coconuts it is not a coconut tree but another type of tree entirely that dominates the center of the painting. Around this large and generous figure, the slim coconut palms bend their graceful bodies. On the ground below is a generous scattering of the coconuts and a couple of men who are busy collecting them. In the foreground is a small bunch of fruits that helps add more depth to this painting.
This work is lovely viewed up close or from a distance. Either way, it will always give the onlooker the feeling that he is intruding upon a bucolic paradise. This is an idealised moment of peace in the countryside where life can often be harsh in the midst of nature’s bounty.
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There’s always something very alluring about the open spaces like the sea and the sky that has seduced artists for generations. Each era has produced new ways of depicting the freedom, the joy, and even the terror that they are capable of producing. Works that depict these natural spaces have ranged from the terrifying and stark such as Delacroix’s “The Raft of the Medusa” to charming and edifying, like Monet’s depictions of Chartres Cathedral at different times of the day. Joel Geolamen’s acrylic on canvas painting called “Space Scape Piece” is a modern piece that’s vaguely reminiscent of a modern painting called “La Condition Humaine” by noted artist Renee Magritte.
Magritte’s famous piece depicts what appears like a painting set against an open window in such a manner as to create a puzzle for the viewer, leading him to wonder where the painting in the painting ends and where the outdoor space viewed through the painted window begins. In “Space Scape Piece” some similar sorcery is at work as the artist plays with the viewer’s perception.
The canvas is divided into two parts which are almost identical except for a noticeable disjoint in the middle. The viewer sees a green wall – or is it a window frame? – and part of a blue sky with a rumpled red blanket in the bottom half. The checked blanket is slightly lighter on the left-hand side of the painting, which automatically triggers the idea of another time and another space in the back of the viewer’s mind. Nevertheless, the two “halves” of the canvas which have been divided in a sort of optical illusion are united by a single feathery cloud in the middle. This continuity in this delicate white brushstroke unites both halves of the painting.
“Space Scape Piece” explores certain concepts of reality and perception by utilizing the way the viewer’s eye and mind work together and deliberately causing confusion. Yet, the effect created by this neatly geometrical and subtly disjointed piece is one of serenity and unity rather than confusion and disarray. This then begs the question of whether things have to “make sense” in order for them to be aesthetically pleasing – and the answer seems to be that they do not.
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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.
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