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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Homage to the Masters @ Metro Gallery

‘Salute! Homage to the Masters’ at Metro Gallery

Contemporary artists; Tyago Almario, Julio Jose Austria, Jojo Barja, Lawrence Borsoto, EJ Cabangon, Bjorn Calleja, Ronald Caringal, Salvador Ching, Buds Convocar, Grace Corpuz, Jigger Cruz, Don Dalmacio, Parker Encisa, Pedro Garcia, Carlo Gernale, Vladimir Grutas, Renato Habulan, Joselito Jandayan, May Jandayan, Jon Jaylo, Jojo Lofranco, Jason Montinola, Carlo Ongchangco, Mervin Pimentel, Elmer Roslin, Rovi Saligumba, Aner Sebastian, Robert Shook, CJ Tanedo, Kadin Tiu and Clairelynn Uy in this celebration of form, color and passion in SALUT! HOMAGE TO THE MASTERS.

Part appropriation, part unabashed admiration, pure creative vision— thirty-one Filipino artists present their reevaluation of visual culture through the conception of pieces that evoke the different movements and isms of art. Tracing inspiration from masters Buonarotti to Bacon to Bose, Hidalgo to Wyeth and Warhol, individual artistic styles produce a montage of paintings that salute, cheer and give a toast to the stirring explorations and infinite experimentations of art-making.

The audience is led to a discovery of old images transformed into intertextualized renderings on canvas. Renaissance images are deconstructed and given the modern bent, pop art injected with local color and relevance, abstracted bands of meandering splashes and squiggles are recreated to map out the much-revered artistic journey of beauty, surreality, psychosis and lucidity. As each exhibiting artist draws from historical stimuli and combines it with his or her proficiency in manipulating oils, acrylics and other media, influences and intuitive skills are blended into surprising variations that appeal both to perceptual experience and meaning. The intention is to honor not only the legacy of masters past, but also to venerate the privilege of creating distinct artworks that serve as interpretations of life as we know it at present.

The Metro Gallery is located at 455 P. Guevarra St., San Juan City, Metro Manila.For inquiries, call 726-6543, SMS 0917-8115399, e-mail or

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