No, I’m not talking of That’s Entertainment here, and come to think of it, there was no Saturday Group in That’s, right? Saturdays were a free for all for the weekday groups, I think?
Seriously, the Saturday Group I’m speaking (writing) of is a group of some 50 painters who are based in Shangrila, I think. Some time back, I did see a group of painters painting a model in the old wing. Today, I saw their exhibit or portions of it.
What struck me most was Migs Villanueva’s portrait of three children clad in Filipino dress. Their faces were like Tintin’s, not to many details there and oh so cute. Also in the painting were two dogs on the sides. The painting cost P75k. Tempting to buy it but I have no wall and aside from the aesthetics, the painting has no significance to me. I only have one son, perhaps if I had one son and two daughters?
The next painting that caught our eye was by Convocar. He had four on exhibit. Each was done using metallic paint, The theme of that we might have gotten were it still available was of a being with a guitar. Fortunately for us, the painter saw us admiring his work and approached us. He explained the various media he used and said that come September, they’d have a raffle of their paintings. A ticket might cost P10k but each was guaranteed a prize valued higher than the ticket’s cost.
Another painting that struck us, okay, son, especially, was by a ________ Sebastian. It was characterized mostly of circles, circles and more circles. No, it wasn’t abstract, but the presence of circles in the painting couldn’t be overlooked.
Another painter we met was Mr. Franklin Cana (Can(nye)a?). His painting also used circles and had the letter C on it, after his family name’s initial. He said his style was inspired by holen (marbles) which fascinated him as a child. While the painting he had on exhibit as of the La Pieta, he showed us paintings he had done and sold, in the US even, of barong-barong (nipa huts) that were his surroundings in Kamuning.
Meeting the two painters and learning that Migs Villanueva is also a writer, a Palanca awardeee even, was edifying. It made me realize that yes, painters are not just artists but human beings whose works are inspired by the lives they’ve lived. It is not just talent we see in their works but a part of them, their life, etc.
The Saturday Group’s exhibit is on the second floor (M/L) of Shangrila’s east wing. Today must have been the opening day as there were cocktails being served. They also had a booklet of the paintings being sold at P300. The exhibit’s title was “Inspired by the Masters” ergo there were some paintings inspired by da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, a painting entitled “The Girl with the Flower”, an apparent takeoff of “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” of Johannes Vermeer, among others.
OMG. Googled Migs Villanueva and look at what I found: the painting I liked:
Three Children (in homage to Van Dyck)
Acrylic on canvas
Also found a photo of Buds Convocar with his exhibited works. See the guitar man?
I’m so liking the works of Migs Villanueva! Wish I had the dough to buy at least one and the wall to display it in. If I win the lotto, maybe?