In this post, I am about to share more photos of artworks, designs, and artistic presentations of items found here in the Philippines. Let me be your guide to the art gallery and you be the judge.
So this is the Part 2 of my Art Gallery showcasing the talent of our great Filipino artists, painters, sculptors, and designers. For those who haven't yet seen Part 1, here is the link to that post:
Here we go now on the next gallery hall.
"The Painting's Guardian"
As if diners are unaware someone is watching them from above. There is a painting on the left and a sculptor on the right. This view of the restaurant is fascinating but also weird, isn't it? Have you noticed what's wrong?
Here's a close up look of the scary creature guarding the doors. More probably, this will scare you especially when it's dark. Ghost stories by the way is very common in the Philippines. And "Kapre" is one of the most famous talk tales, during the Day of the Dead. That tall, dark, scary creature living on huge century old trees, goodness gracious, you'll be scared to death when you hear the story behind!
"Simplistic Wooden Chair"
Oh, how lovely, isn't it? This wooden chair is so simple to look at, that it has become an art just by the simplicity alone. The designer could have just do his or her best turning parts of the tree into something useful - and here's the simple result.
"Welcome to the Jungle"
This wall art looks very familiar. From those movie scenes where the campers are about to enter the lost jungle of the world and they all of a sudden see this. And it's like someone will say "Hold on a second, are we entering the dangerous tribe's territory?" Well, what a marvelous art this is!
"Tribe's Ultimate Collection"
Maybe go to the Igorot communities near Baguio City
and you'll definitely see these stuffs around. The elder women of the tribe love embroidery, pottery, handicraft-making, and more beneficial hobbies. Look at them, these stuffs were certainly made by talented hands. Include to that the life-size carabao. Magnifico!
"Inside the Forbidden Room"
Here they are now in front of you. These masterpieces are for private eyes only during the times of our Filipino ancestors but here I am exposing them now. As if you entered a forbidden room by accident, then you see these wonderful things. More likely, the "maharlika" owns this. So, which one would you steal from the Datu?
"Watch Your Steps"
These staircases made of hardwood is a breathtaking view from above. And look at the rails and columns, they were sculptured exquisitely. Take every step of these stairway and you'll definitely feel like living in a grand mansion. Tik-tok-tik-tok; that's the sound of silence as you walk.
"Abstract Broken Tiles Mosaic"
What can you picture out from here? A heart is present, but I am clueless on the rest. It is too abstract that this tile mosaic becomes a center of attraction for many visitors in this place. Well there is one significant and obvious meaning this mosaic shares: broken materials can still be useful. Agree?
"The Logical Connection"
I've shared this photo on Part 1 of this post. But this is another angle where you can see the background of the pregnant and naked woman.It's unimaginable how they put these pieces together and build a structure like this. It obviously takes time, tremendous effort, and lots of thinking to bring this artworks into a scene like this one.
"Way to the Captain"
As if you were on a scene from a ship navigating the ocean and you're about to approach the captain on his deck. See the ladder? That's the only way. Well, it is easy to imagine that this is an old and about-to-retire ship and people from below are just ignoring it. Sunken ships, by the way, are everywhere in the country.
"Bravest Filipino Hunter"
Looks like an Indian hunter. This sculpture is yet another masterpiece of our great Filipino artists. Remember the "Machete", the stone statue? Well, this looks similar. But this could be one of our greatest Filipino warriors back in the old times when colonizers are ravaging the Philippines. You can see statues like this on Rizal Park
and any other town plaza across the country as a sign of respect and honor for the heroic act they did.
"A Secret Garden"
Another staircase in here and its heading down to the secret garden. Look at the tree bark on the left. It was made useful instead of just using it as firewood. How creative the artist here is! Now, see that thing beside the red trash can, below is the closer view.
"Trash Can Guardian"
Cool curving! Probably a sculpture made during the practice session of the now greatest Filipino artist. Can you tell why this was placed on this area? Here's my guess. He's watching you if your throwing it in or not. If not, I'm pretty sure something scary will happen.
"Obviously Not a Chandelier"
Another intriguing piece of art hanging in the ceiling. But the view from here towards the window is something magnificent.
"Paper Art that Holds Paper"
This paper art is used to hold table napkins. Made of old newspaper, the artist could have been thinking about the economy when he/she was making this. What a thrifty act that was. There were like one of this on every table in the cafe'. You now a have pattern.
This chair is not an ordinary chair. It designed to be like this, with curvy edges, uneven measurements. The feeling of sitting here? Priceless. Go and give it a try.
"The Living Dead"
This wood craft survived the test of times and so I named it "The Living Dead". I remember making a project like this when I was in the elementary school. It's the smaller version and we call it here "tuod" or drip wood. If you have one of these at home, don't throw it away. You can paint it with varnish, hang plants around, or just make it sit on the corner, and there you have a pretty of view of a living dead wood.
"Carabao Inhales Weed"
No wonder why artists are known to have the most imaginative minds and this is the proof. Carabao is Philippines national animal
but to see one like this, I really don't know what this means. Did you notice the children scattered around? Whoa, what the heck is that?! And the carabao, is it inhaling tobacco or is it weed? Weird work of art making it one of the most attractive art in this gallery. Quite hard to figure out the meaning of this art.
I hope you've enjoyed viewing all these masterpieces created by our greatest Filipino artists. You can always go back and view them.
The full credit goes to "Oh My Gulay" restaurant located at downtown Baguio City
and also to"Kidlat Tahimik", one of the greatest Filipino artists of today. I would also like to say Thank You to all the artists who owns a piece of any of these artworks and designs.With you, Philippines is becoming known to the world. This blog post is my way to help artists like you to be recognized. Best of luck.
About this Post
The beautiful Philippines is home to thousands of great Filipino artists. While the most famous are the artists in the entertainment business, the unsung artists and considered the greatest, are in the field of painting, sculptures, and design. Add to that the directors of Indie films whom are by heart, mind and soul are showing to the world what really is the Filipino all about. The author, Noriel Panganiban
, founder of Knowriel.com
, wants to make a point that it is about time that we reveal our true identity - a nation of great Filipino artists.
Please share this post and help our Filipino-made artworks be known.
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