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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Hideaki Kawashima














Hideaki Kawashima



Born
1969 Born in Aichi, Japan

1991 BA, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan
Solo exhibitions
2011 ”Turning” Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009 
"Wandering" Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
"convolvulus" Michael Ku
Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


2008
 "wavering" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (May 17-Jun 7)


2005 
"mutability" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 
"Shadow Monk" Project Room / Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo,
Japan



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Kawashima's paintings are filled with luminous lips and marble-like eyes. He's interested in the features of people that are burned into our memories. His focus is studies of feminine heads with piercing eyes. Crafted with pristine realism, these works have ventured into the gothic, enchanted, and carefree territory. Abstracted, simply but fetchingly, with contours of balloon-shaped heads and wisps of hair, the figures are delicate and dainty, but powerful.


Kawashima, who studied with Yoshimoto Nara and served a two-year stint as a Buddhist monk, is no stranger to the strange. Influenced by Mark Ryden and Pierre et Gilles, he and his otherworldly figures plot out an ethereal vision that is gaining popularity throughout Asia, Europe, and now in the States — seducing with eyes, lips, and all.










Benedicto Reyes Cabrera - BenCab










Benedicto Reyes Cabrera - BENCAB


Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (born August 27, 1942), better known as "BenCab", is a Filipino painter and was awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts (Painting) in 2006.He has been noted as "arguably the best-selling painter of his generation of Filipino artists."


BenCab was born to Democrito Cabrera and Isabel Reyes in Malabon, Philippines on April 10, 1942. He was the youngest of nine children.BenCab's first exposure and discovery of the arts happened through his elder Brother Salvador, who was already an established artist during Bencab's childhood.

He went on to study at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he explored different art visual forms - photography, draftsmanship, printmaking - while honing his chosen craft as a painter. He received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1963.

BenCab met British writer Caroline Kennedy in 1966, and eventually married her in 1969. The couple decided to stay in London, where their three children were eventually born.The eldest, Elisar, was born in 1971 and is now a filmmaker based in London; Mayumi was born in 1973 and is now a model and actress living in Los Angeles; the youngest, Jasmine was born in 1977 and is now a London-based fashion stylist.

Bencab's first years as a painter in London "were not particularly easy", but his talents were immediately recognized. Over the next four decades, he established for himself a name of international importance, holding exhibitions from London to New York to Macau, and winning several major art awards in a career spanning four decades.

When BenCab returned to the Philippines in 1972, he was hailed as a Filipino pioneer of the arts and a significant influence among his peers. However, he returned to London once more in 1974, partly to get away from the tightening grip of Martial Law, which Ferdinand Marcos had declared in 1972. That event is said to have "marked the beginning of [BenCab]'s passionate involvement with social commentary and the topics of repression and freedom."
















In 1985, however, BenCab's 13-year relationship with Kennedy ended in a painful divorce, and he eventually decided to come home to the Philippines
BenCab eventually returned to the Philippines, and settled in the City of Baguio in Northern Luzon, eventually putting up a studio and a secluded little farm on Asin road, in the nearby town of Tuba, Benguet. He and a small group of fellow artists - visual artist Santiago Bose, filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, and sculptor Ben Hur Villanueva, among others, established the Baguio Arts Guild (BAG). It was during this period in his career that BenCab began to more deeply explore the use handmade paper as a medium on which to work.

When the 1990 Luzon earthquake struck, BenCab and the BAG helped out by instituting programs such as the ArtAid workshop for traumatized children, and a fund-raising art auction they titled "Artquake." Bencab was elected president of the guild the following year.

Later in the 1990s, BenCab's input was a critical element in the creation of Tam-awan Village, "a refuge for local artists who desire a nurturing environment in which to develop their talents, and a community for all those who wish to take part in the harmonious fusion of art, culture, environment, and history."

BenCab also exhibited considerably during the last decade of the Millennium, also reaping many accolades. Among the most prominent of the many awards received by BenCab during this period was the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts) in 1992.







Katrina Pallon














Katrina Pallon



KATRINA PALLON is a visual artist working with the medium of paint, photography, and masks. She also works as a freelance book and graphic designer.

A maximalist whose creative works are highly influenced by the intricacies of Viennese and French art nouveau, her paintings, illustrations, and photographs attest to her love for elaborate designs and her knack for romanticizing even the simplest of subjects. Her works echo her enthrallment to fairy tales and myth which she fuses with ornate Pan-Asian motifs, and exquisite blooms. Her subjects more often than not comprise of dark, melancholic, sometimes mystical figures; fleeting beauty; masks; mystery; and women. Using warm, vivid tones, she translates these images into paintings and photographs.

She presently lives in Sta. Ana, Manila with 8 delightful cats. She also participates in spoken word events, sings for goth band Scarlet Tears, plays bass for grunge band Narcotic Venus, and continues to produce masks, photographs, paintings, and illustrations profusely with the hope of improving more on her craft.











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No mysterious air surrounds her, and perhaps that is what which lends most to her mystique. She comes, she goes. She embarks on her travels, a few days here, a month or two there. This wisp of a child-woman has engaged on a discovery of her Asian roots, traipsing through the nooks and crannies of Thailand and Hong Kong, to the less travelled routes of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, before yielding to the irresistible pull of India and Nepal.


Each homecoming is followed by an outpouring of veiled thoughts and emotions on canvas using oils and acrylic. Inspired by German symbologist Gustav Klimt and the dynamic renditions of Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s painter of renown, Katrina or Kat has embarked on a very similar vein of artistry – colors, symbols, portraits of enigmatic women. A case in point is “Ceasing to Bleed,” showing a woman in Vietnamese attire surrounded by a halo of flowers and brilliant colors, her arm outstretched, sporting a long, savage gash but blood no longer streaming from it. It was done after a deep, personal loss.


Katrina is prolific, rendering both commissioned and gallery artworks with prodigious output, and which find their way to buyers and collectors soon enough. A Magna cum Laude graduate of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Katrina Pallon promises to conquer both frontiers of classroom and gallery. Collectors have began to take notice of her obras, as she has just began her own artistic journeys of discovery littered with symbols.


A very intimate picture emerges of her art as described by a friend and critic:

"After her last solo exhibit, Resurgence, artist Katrina Pallon has become the ferryman transporting her captive audience across the underworld river: in her upcoming exhibit, Illuminata, Pallon now takes us through a grim, mystical nether-region of lanterns, cranes, skulls, and roses. As a reflection of her current emotional status, her works reveal a transitory state, a tunnel that leads to the light: it is the ending night with the break of dawn visible from afar; that quickly fleeting, terribly beautiful moment when you hold your breath in anticipation.



Executed in the artist’s trademark maximalist style, 'Illuminata' mythologizes both Pallon’s recent travels across Southeast Asia. Whence before Pallon’s women had been in a state of mourning, the characters in her current exhibit are now in transition–wading out of their entanglement, rising from the emptiness slowly beginning to dissipate."



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