The Whimsical Art of Buhay Mendoza

#Art #WhimsicalArt #WhimsicalPaintings #WhimsicalArtworks #FantasyArt by #BuhayMendoza, #FilipinoArtist #ArtPh www.jennysserendipity.comWhimsical art is an effervescent and playful that is unique, out-of-the-ordinary, or fanciful. This type of art is commonly associated with children’s book illustrations and fairy tale art, which aims to lifts the spirit and makes you happy. Whimsical artwork might be characterized by its color, design, line, or subject matter. Whimsical paintings are usually bright and colorful, and their subject matter is sometimes humorous.

Many artists identify with being called “whimsical” because of their philosophy. They want to create images that are playful, cheerful, and carefree which aims to make the viewer smile or laugh, or look at the world around them in a different way. A whimsical artist is a person with great imagination, very intuitive and a child at heart.

Dwight-Buhay or simply “BUHAY” is a Filipino artist who turns everyday people into whimsical figures. BUHAY’s whimsical art is a childlike glimpse into his over-active imagination. These creatures are endearing yet enigmatic, and the same time – odd, crisscrossing the threshold between fantasy and reality. Many of his whimsical creatures contain a quiet tranquility, thoughtful in their own odd ways. His art is restrained, still, and yet, meditative in nature. They often bear a telling gaze, as if they can see something that we don’t. Their eyes are always wide and their lips are sealed.

Buhay’s methodological execution brings this idea to the audience even when the psychological aspects may remain covert to the viewer. The means whereby all of us arbitrate the world in which we live are intellectual and emotional. An intellectual response is learned; whereas emotion is inherent and Buhay’s work is a trajectory of both characteristics, and through these it brings the honesty of life from his paintings.

Whimsical Art By Buhay Mendoza – Tittle : The Golden Heart Bearer . Oil on Canvas. (61 x 61 cm ) 2014.

He distinctly transfers his subjects into canvases to tell a story in hopes that they will touch others too. Though Buhay is primarily self-taught, he began to develop his painting skills and further enhanced his overall artistic abilities through the guidance of renowned artists. He draws inspiration from Impressionist masters such as Edouard Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Frederic Bazille and Morgan Weistling. His primary source of inspiration; however, lies in the wing of renowned artist Sir Fernando B. Sena who he had formal training with.

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The artist uses a variety of mediums in his artwork including oils, acrylics, watercolour and pastels. His primary subjects are the human figures; it fascinates him to express a person’s character through lines, lights and shadows. His genre is more on Expressionism, Impressionism and Realism.

Buhay as he’s known by his contemporaries from Tuesday Group and Art Association of the Philippines as a hardworking artist with the passion for the craft that immerses deeply as he began to embrace the life of being a full-time artist.  Buhay simply believes that while one doesn’t always begin one’s working life as an artist, one can nevertheless be born an artist. As in his case, it sometimes takes years of various jobs before one attains the possibility of dedicating life to art. As a youth, survival priorities barred even the thought of artistic inclination.

#Art #WhimsicalArt #WhimsicalPaintings #WhimsicalArtworks #FantasyArt by #BuhayMendoza, #FilipinoArtist #ArtPh www.jennysserendipity.comBuhay has made Deparo, Caloocan City his home a move from his native town – Calauag, Quezon.  He worked as a Graphic Artist/ Illustrator for 5 years in which he worked on mock ups, backdrops, and miniature props for movies and commercials. Currently, he has a studio in Caloocan where his creative mind works and flourishes. You can view his artwork in Art Verite Gallery in Ayala Museum.

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUHAY’S CAREER

  • July 28, 2015 – Fourth Solo Show at Art19B Gallery, Blue Ridge QC
  • December 20, 2014 – Third Solo Show at An Binh Gallery (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
  • October 2013 – Manila Art 2013, The Fort Tent
  • August 13, 2013 – Second Solo Show at Gallery Nine SM Megamall
  • October 2012 – Manila Art 2012 at SMX MOA
  • August 9, 2010 – First Solo Show at Enterprise Building, Ayala Makati

***A Selection of Buhay Mendoza’s Art Masterpieces***

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Joel Chavez, Contemporary Realist Filipino Painter

Joel Chavez has a slightly different idea of Renaissance portraiture than the average artist. He has this contrasting idea of what a contemporary portraiture art making should be. This artist whose first solo exhibition was recently exhibited at the Art Underground Gallery in Mandaluyong City called “Redeeming the Rebirth,” who paints wonderful portraits in Renaissance style, but with eye-catching modern and contemporary touches.

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His artworks are an astonishing symbolic realism and for all the seeming influences of Renaissance Masters—Caravaggio and the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer; both who belong to a Revival Period of light and shadow are also strong influences to the art of modern Filipino artist, Joel Chavez.

These paintings make us think about what the Renaissance masters would think if they could see the world today. Chavez’s cultivates a mature stroke of art form that only a great master can achieve. His art has depth and self-control in which each painting has strong kinship to the artist of the Enlightenment period, thinkers who embodied its ideas.

“Symmetry of Glamour,” denotes the detachment between outward appearances and inward splendor while as for “Eyes are Windows to the Soul,” Chavez puts a diamond across the eyes of the woman to portray the beauty within.

“Solemnity of an Aristocrat” has a red dot painted on the nose of a well-dressed turbaned man signifies a paragon of wealth to aristocrats is as important as a sentient.

The choice of his copiousness of characters combined with the sublime techniques marks the 24-year-old artist as a painter to watch for. Chavez is a product of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) who hales from Sana Mesa, Philippines.

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“Playful Charm”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015
*His version of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth” @ Art Underground

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“She wants to play a game”
oil on canvas
48 x 36″
2015
*His version of Da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Mona Chrome”
oil on canvas
48 x 24 inches
2014 @ Boston Gallery

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His version of Grant Wood’s painting ” American Gothic”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015 @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Quest for Wisdom” Artwork by Joel Chavez (Part of his exhibit, Redeeming the Rebirth)

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Achievements:

  • Grand Prize — First Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2011 (group)
  • 2nd  Place — 2nd Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2012  (group)
  • Grand Prize — Magnolia Tumbler Design Making Competition 2010
  • Hon. Mention — Maningning Miclat Painting Competition 2011
  • Finalist Golden Season Painting Competition 2011
  • 2nd Place — Rotary On the Spot Painting Competition 2012

Exhibitions: Group Show

  • Blue Series — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Independence Day — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, Vietnam
  • Self Portrait — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2012) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Pain and Pleasure — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Bonifacio — (2013) Yuchengco Museum
  • Mother and Child — (2013) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2013) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Affordable Art — (2014) SM Aura
  • Art in the Park — (2014) Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Ave Figuras — (2014) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Group Show — (2014) Boston Gallery

CONTACT

To buy his art or inquiries for commission work, feel free to contact the artist at chavezjoel569@yahoo.com, contact no. 09051039367 and in Facebook, Art of Joel Chavez.

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Art provided by the Artist: Joel Chavez.

Sinulog Dancer Series by Artist Clint Normandia and Poem by Wilfredo Olamit

ARTISTS GALORE

“the temple”

with palms heavenward,
hands spread in oblation,
she
raises her face,
closes her eyes
to cruel reality,
she
opens her mind,
unveils her heart
to envision
a kinder realism
where life
is as it could be
and
not as it is
with its
shams
emptiness
loneliness
hopelessness.her inner turmoils
manifested on
her beautiful face,
which is
violated by ugly tears
of her existence,
her youthful cheeks
which are
plowed by the sweat
of her hard toils.now,
she revisits in her mind
the sanctum sanctorum
in her soul,
the holy place
where
life
promised her
inner
peace
joy
hope
fulfillment
and
in that moment,
as if by the
Grace of God,
life
comes
true to its vow
in The Temple of The Inner Self.

“Sinulog Dancer SeriES”

To paint a masterpiece is not an easy task—one has to be talented to be able to pull off a realistic painting. As for the artist, he begins his process by taking photographs first; this help captures all the details and expressions. He then makes a draft of the photo and paints in on canvas with oil as displayed in the Sinulog Dancer Series.

Based in Cebu, Clint pays homage to the Sinulog Dancer of the Sinulog Festival. It is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City and is the center of the Santo Niño celebration in the Philippines. One of the main highpoints of the commemoration is the grand street procession which lasts for 9 to 12 hours with participants coming from the different towns and cities of Cebu and across the Philippines. The Sinulog dance contingents are dressed in bright costumes dancing graciously to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs.

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 Inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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For more about the artist, you can find him at his Facebook page here.

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Jenny will paint again!

 

I am deciding what to paint. I always wanted to own a painting of Gustav Klimt but the price is beyond my reach. So I figured, why not paint like his style of painting. I used to only work on monochrome blue, large scale classical works such as Michael Angelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin….But now, I want something different and brighter since my walls in my home is barren; I might as well paint it up with my work. It’s been a long time since I painted so I am a bit scared but the same time excited.

I am ready to paint!

“The Cotton Pickers” – Winslow Homer 1876

“The Cotton Pickers” – Winslow Homer. Oil on canvas. 1876. 24 1/16 x 38 1/8 inches. LACMA permanent collection.

In 1876, Winslow Homer was one of the few artists who pictured African-Americans with sympathy and respect. The Cotton Pickers, from 1876, shows two young women returning home from a day’s work in the fields. These two women stand tall and proud, despite their tiring labor.

Picking cotton was an exhausting and sometimes painful job. The cotton seems soft. But the fluffy boll hides the prickly seedpod underneath. Notice how it catches at the woman’s apron. This kind of realism, based on accurate observation, is a hallmark of Homer’s art.

Here, his realism serves a deeper, more symbolic function. Ten years after the Civil War’s end, not much had changed in the lives of former slaves. Look into the face of the woman on the right. She looks off into the distance as if toward a better future–one that’s still far away.

Homer’s friend and fellow painter Hopkinson Smith found in this painting what he called “the whole story of Southern Slavery.” ©LACMA

“One of my favorite painting in LACMA. What a beautiful work..The lighting and the subject of the painting completely complements each other.  I enjoy paintings that depicts history. I had a small replica of this painting from LACMA but I gave it to my dearest employee who absolutely loved the painting @ my office.”