The Residents at The Ruins

Ugnayan sa Poblacion by Taverne Gutenberg seeks to harness the power of art in community development. Text by Toby Martin;  Photos by Jovel Lorenzo; Artwork photos by Taverne Gutenburg Just a few steps away from Makati’s newly gentrified Poblacion hipster joints, in the belly of the ruins of an old house, four artists paint on canvases, in hopes…

Hoseki: The Art of Jewelry Design

Inside the Hoseki store 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,…

The Sublime Refraction of Raul Isidro’s Worlds

Raul Isidro "Halfmoon" 2018 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…

Reinventing The Objet Trové

Ram Mallari’s works represent an evolution of the found object. The artist Ram Mallari, photo by Jovel Lorenzo What is the difference between Modern and Contemporary visual art? This is a question that often drives the art discourse. It’s clear that a new kind of visual art emerged towards the end of the Salon period in the 19th century—when the rigidity of the academe gave way…

The Call of the Sea

"Automne Rouge I" 73×60 cm mixed media on canvas French contemporary artist Pierre Marie Brisson exhibits new works produced in his Cebu studio. Written by Duffie Hufana Osental Tagore said that you can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. The world’s waterways have long fascinated artists because of the mysteries they contain. The seas and oceans can signify…

Youth, Uninterrupted

Often, before you’re introduced to the artist, their art introduces itself. Looking at deceptively simple portraits of children at play: three dots for their eyes and mouth, pastel hues and a fluffy lightness brushed on canvas—it’s easy to assume that the artist behind these paintings might be as characteristically hushed and meek. But if you…

In Bloom

Text by Khyne Palumar; ​Photography by Jovel Lorenzo ​ Have you heard of the Helleborus flower?” Aileen Lanuza asks, while we gaze transfixed, perhaps a little too long, at the series of finished and unfinished canvases of acrylic-painted women covered in large flowers at her garage-turned-artist-studio in Meycauayan, Bulacan. A two-hour drive from Manila by our estimate,…

Begin Again

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…

Nature’s Mysteries

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,…

A Lantern to My Feet

Anton Del Castillo "Kapit Lang (Hold On)" 2019 3×4 feet oil gold leaf panel Anton del Castillo’s take on faith and art. Written by Ren Aguila Anton del Castillo’s faith shows in his art, and how it can be contextualized and understood. Many of his artworks have of late been accompanied by epigraphs quoting the Bible. “I have been through so many…