THE weight of the moment was not lost on acclaimed visual artist Kenneth Montegrande. It was late November at the historic Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre and the man of the hour was taking it all in, shining at the welcome reception of his 19th one-man exhibition, another sold-out showcase.
In Chinese astrology, the Year of the Wooden Dragon promises abundance. Experts say that the strong dragon, the lone mythical creature among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, paired with the nurturing characteristics of wood results in an auspicious combination.
Abstract artists often get lost in the frenzy of emotions involved in creating art. By tapping into their subconscious, digging deep into their innermost thoughts, they submit to the mercy of ideas they left behind, buried and are now ready to take control. When it happens, the artist in essence gets relegated to a mere medium.
THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) passed Resolution No. 18 on October 3, adjusting the birth date of National Hero Juan Luna by a day, following conclusive findings. The resolution states that Luna was born on October 25, 1857, as opposed to October 24, based on the baptismal records of the foremost Filipino painter.
WHEN it comes to Filipino art, it’s not all sprawling fields and mountains in the distance. An ongoing group exhibition proves the point with captivating depictions of the Filipinos’ modern realities, from making their way through the rainy city or taking a breather at the beach.
Speculation fueled the original jeepney-themed exhibition of Edwin Wilwayco in 2018, where the master abstract expressionist pondered in bright colors the grim future of the country’s de facto cultural icon. Five years later, the artist revisits the concept in his upcoming solo at Artes Orientes, now afforded the finality of the subject’s fate.
Unmistakable in its delicate blend of orange and blue skies and textured rock formations, the Brittany Series remains a defining gem of Juvenal Sansó’s rich oeuvre. These stylized, imagined landscapes, as eminent Philippine art scholar Rodolfo Paras-Perez described it, is “structurally as simple as a Haiku poem.”