Text by Jewel Chuaunsu
What’s in a name? To Fred Tan, his name carries a lot of baggage. The son of Chinese-Filipino businessman Vicente Tan, their family experienced the rise and fall of fortunes overnight. During Martial Law, Marcos was able to divide and conquer the rich and powerful by seizing their assets. Vicente Tan was the majority owner of Continental Bank and Philippine Trust Company (Philtrust). He and his wife were detained in Fort Bonifacio in 1974 and released almost four years later when he agreed to cede control of the two banks. Fred remembers visiting his parents in Fort Bonifacio, where they were confined separately in solitary confinement. To protect him, the young Fred was sent abroad to study in the US from age 17 until he finished college.
Grace A. Ng delves into discoveries to be made in Ombok Villamor’s abstract imagery.
God is a great artist, Ombok Villamor believes, for in nature we see perfect compositions, tonal values, and brilliant color combinations. It is this sense of wonder about nature’s inherent beauty that Ombok seeks to evoke in his work. Taking up photography as a hobby, his interest in macro photography, in particular, lets him turn the minute into something grand, revealing astounding textures in seemingly basic objects such as leaves.
Anton del Castillo’s take on faith and art.
Written by Ren Aguila
French contemporary artist Pierre Marie Brisson exhibits new works produced in his Cebu studio.
Written by Duffie Hufana Osental
Illuminata brings together the best in Philippine art, fashion, and jewelry. Renowned artist Dominic Rubio, visionary fashion designer Ditta Sandico, and premier jewelry house Hoseki will unveil their latest collections during the by-invitation only event, slated for November 8, 2018 at Shangri-La at the Fort.
Illuminata reflects the artists’ journeys towards the enlightenment of their creative prowess. Gracing the runway are chic sustainable pieces by Ditta Sandico and stunning jewelry by Hoseki. The art of Dominic Rubio, including his collaborative works with Hoseki and Ditta Sandico, will be presented in an exhibition.
Ram Mallari’s works represent an evolution of the found object.
Text by Grace Ng
When viewers look at Raul Isidro’s work, they are lost in the artist’s act of creation, in his selection of bright colors, and the lucid forms that emerge from his imagination. One is drawn to the discovery of color and form in Isidro’s Abstract Expressionism. He instinctively gravitates to an Abstract Expressionist approach, and has never been concerned with any linear restrictions. His works create a bold statement, yet display a classic style.
Isidro’s works often take off from landscape as a starting point or are influenced by nature in its basic form, surrounded by hues, light, motion, depth and mood. For the artist, inspiration comes from many origins, even in the conceived imagination of those who have gone before him. Isidro has since produced a range of organic contemporary paintings, with an approach to creating from an experimental angle.
text by By Jewel Chuaunsu
The term “wearable art” has gained traction, usually in describing a jewel with sculptural qualities or elaborate construction. There have been divisions between fine arts and decorative arts, but what’s interesting is how many well-known artists have dabbled in jewelry. These include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, and Anish Kapoor, among others. In 1959, Dali was quoted as saying, “In jewels, as in all my art, I create what I love.”
Exhibitions such as The Art of Bulgari at San Francisco’s de Young Museum and the Cartier Retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris give rise to the idea that precious jewelry can be both worn and appreciated for its artistic merit. Over the past few years, the Yuchengco Museum in Manila has also exhibited the jewelry creations of artists and jewelry designers.
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