Rice Planting (1943) by Fernando Amorsolo. From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines
On the Cover: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (1943) by Gregorio Sibug. From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines.
Two Igorot Women (1947) by Victorio Edades. From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines
On the cover: Harvest Scene (1947) by Fernando Amorsolo. From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines.
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Mother and Child, Cesar Legaspi (Undated). Oil on Canvas board 59.3 x 43.7 cm (size sight) 83.7 x 68.5 x 6.5 cm (size with frame)
Oil on Canvas board
84.5 x 59.3 cm
(UP Vargas Museum collection)
River view from Santa Ana
Fabian de la Rosa
1938, oil on canvas
From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and the Filipiniana Research Center
University of the Philippines
Taga-Ani sa Bukid
1954, Relief print
18.5 cm. x 23.5 cm.
From the Collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center
University of the Philippines
Artwork: Bananas, oil on canvas, 33” x 6 3/8”, 2003, by Ang Kiukok
Photo: Sylvia Gascon
Photo: courtesy of Finale Art File
The late National Artist for the Visual Arts Ang Kiukok painted this scroll-like image of bunches of bananas hanging from a triangle. A plate on the bottom appears to catch those that would eventually drop from the cluster. This colorful oil on canvas painting appears whimsical at first glance but it is actually a masterful triumph of Ang over the restriction of a two dimensionial surface that his frame presents. He created a multiple-point perspective by representing the bananas in different angles and offering planes of cadmium red and thalo blue, variations of primary colors that complement the cobalt yellow, orpiment and chrome yellow bananas. The result is a striking depiction of a rather mundane subject.
This painting was one of those on exhibition from 16 Dec. 2003 until 4 Jan. 2004 at the Art Center of SM Megamall, Ortigas. Titled New Works, the exhibition organized by the Finale Art Gallery was to be Ang’s last. He died on 9 May 2005.
New Jersey-based Filipino miniature painter Gregory Ray Halili painted postage stamp-size recreations of the Fernando Amorsolo portraits of the UP Vargas Museum collection. It is this way of honoring artists that he admires. Having been used to working from imagination and photographs, this is Halili's first attempt at painting from a museum collection. These portraits are of Jorge B. Vargas, his first wife Marina, second wife Adelaida and three daughters Nena, Teresita and Lourdes. Prior to exhibiting them from August 11 to October 3, he spent one month in residence to study and recreate the Amorsolo portraits, the results of which were then exhibited next to these portraits. Halili is known for his colorful watercolors with fluttery winged butterflies painted on myriad fabrics, and for his tropical visionary landscapes of paradisiacal settings, all of miniature scale. In his last gallery exhibition at the Nancy Hoffman in New York City entitled Nostalgia, the artist painted a visual "love letter" to his country of birth, the Philippines.
Cadence, rubber, 244.5 cm x 87 cm, 1999, by Ikoy Ricio.
Two black strips of rubber with colorful feet thongs make up young artist Ikoy Ricio's installation. The rows of rubber represent the material before it is cut into 26 pairs of mainly mismatched flip-flops. Favoring found objects for their design elements, Ricio uses quotidian things and assembles them to make us even more aware of their fulfillment as artworks. He divides his time between book design projects and his fascinating installation art exhibitions. His previous works include alphabet books where all letters in each book are erased except for the letter that a particular book represents. He also collects colorful neighborhood plumber's advertising signs that are handmade, using enamel paint on iron sheets.
Mother and Child, oil on canvas, 56" x 12". 17 July 2001, by Malang.
An unusually shaped canvas that is as narrow as an enlarged bookmark, Malang painted this equally unusual mother and child against a bright blue night full of stars. Humorous in his depiction of everyday life, Malang began composing extremely vertical and nearly life-size paintings after making small bookmark art for his exhibition in 2001.