“Invincible Hue” at Galerie Anna
Known to be a breed of sensitive creatures equipped with sharp instincts, artists are themselves vulnerable to many human frailties and fears, understandable in their being participants in an extremely competitive arena. From experience, artists have learned to adapt certain psychological defenses to protect them from “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
Galerie Anna presents the show titled“ Invincible Hue,” featuring the works of Mark Nativo, Jeanroll Ejar, Jzy Tilos, Cyril Turao, and Darwin Japet Guevarra.
The various images depicted are journeys into wholeness, as expressed through humor and fantasy, illusion and desire, nostalgia for the past and aspirations for the future, self-indulgence and selfless relationships. But only through the production of Art will artists finally find their real safe moorings in life.
And while it is said that young artists today never had it so good, with an audience and market receptive to art collecting, competition has also become more intense and fierce. But Jeanroll Ejar is undaunted. Indeed, he has listed the attributes essential to succeed in the art scene: positive attitude, enthusiasm, energy, persistence, perseverance. Determination, a sense of belief and confidence in oneself. He believes that every obstacle is merely a stepping-stone towards achieving one’s goal. In fact, while the title of the show refers to a shade of color, hue is a homonym for “You.” And therefore, their show is about being the “Invincible You.” Inspiring and uplifting.
Hailing from the humble of town of Taytay, Rizal, Darwin “Japet”Guevarra is a self-taught artist, inspired by works of the masters as well as those of his peers. His stint as an artist in Dubai was a life-changing experience. Though he had a hard time breaking through Dubai’s competitive art scene, he managed, by dint of his dedication and commitment to his art, to achieve a measure of recognition for himself and for his fellow Filipino artists in the Emirates. Now back in is country, and based now in Laguna, Japet continues to develop his art through other mediums, such as sculpture, photography, and experimentation with scrap and found materials.
Mark Nativo believes that dreaming can bring either pleasant or disturbing recollections. As an artist, who by nature is a visual person, he places great importance to dreaming and letting his imagination run free. Says Nativo: “My art seeks to capture the dear and tender moments, especially when one’s dreams come to an end.” He readies and steels himself by willpower to face the coming harsh realities of life.
Jzy Tilos is an Ilonggo who grew up with his now departed grandfather, Lolo Julian, who was an herbalist, or albularyo, in the dialect. As such, he has imbibed all the superstitious beliefs pertaining to creatures and various elements of the earth. His work alludes to a kasera, or landlady, the owner of a boarding house. But unknown to her, there is a real owner of the place, an invisible presence, whom the elders of the village call tag-lugar.
Creating a surreal and allegorical image. Cyril Tulao depicts a narrative of courtship and love, but the human figures are symbolic. The woman is transformed as a wooden chess figure, while the man, on his knees, offering his love in the form of a mask. Rich in symbols, the work unreels the themes of time consuming humanity, fidelity and deception, mortality and eternal love.
“Invinsible Hue” forces the young artists to mature beyond their years while serving as an inspiration that they can achieve their dreams.
- Cid Reyes
(Reference: Artists’ Statements)