FEATURED ARTIST: El Maestro Edbon Sevilleno

A true-blue Negrense, Edbon Sevilleno, grew up in the quiet town of Saravia in Negros Occidental, Philippines. In his senior year at St. Joseph’s Academy, that was when he met our brother Emil. He later on pursued to study Fine Arts at La Consolacion College and then the rest is history. They have been friends for almost four decades now and have been in touch with each other since. They make it a point to meet up whenever both their time and availability permit.

Just a few weeks ago, we had a great pleasure of meeting Manong Edbon and his doting wife, Chen, in Manila. Although we only spent a very limited time with them, we were able to get to know them more. Manong Edbon even showed us images of some of his works from his mobile phone. His artworks come in various forms and medium—from comic strips, illustrations, portraits, sketches, and, of course, paintings.

Here are just some of our favourites:

Ambon sa Binondo Watercolour on Paper 53 x 73 cm Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Ambon sa Binondo (Drizzle in Binondo), 2015 Watercolour on Paper 53cm x 73cm

Diniwid Beach Boracay 30 x 40 cm Plein Air © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Diniwid Beach Boracay, 2014 Plein Air 30cm x 40cm

Galing Milling Season Coffee Stain & Mascovado © Edbon Sevilleno 2012

© Edbon Sevilleno Galing (Milling Season), 2012 Coffee Stain & Mascovado

Isang Kahig... Watercolor on W&N Artist WC Paper 300 gm 55x75 cm © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Isang Kahig…, 2014 Watercolour on W&N Artist WC Paper 300g 55cm x 75cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

Kabo (Chief) © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Kabo (Chief), 2014

Landong sa akon dalanon Shadows on my path 36 x 48 cm Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280 gsm © Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Landong sa akon dalanon (Shadows on my path), 2015 Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280g 36cm x 48cm

Qadeem Jeddah 60 X 45 cm Watercolor on 140 lb WC Paper © Edbon Sevilleno 2015 Scanned Version

© Edbon Sevilleno Qadeem Jeddah, 2015 Watercolour on 140lb WC Paper Scanned Version 60cm x 45cm

Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired) 23 x 32 cm Watercolor © Edbon Sevilleno 2016

© Edbon Sevilleno Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired), 2016 Watercolour 23 cm x 32 cm

This multi-awarded artist is now based in the Middle East where he works as a Creative Director at a multinational advertising and branding agency. With several one-man-shows and group exhibitions in his portfolio, he takes pride in giving back to the community, especially to his roots—Negros Occidental province.

During his annual vacation in his hometown, he would conduct Master Classes in Bacolod City. These hands-on workshops aim to teach young artists and even those who wanted to start to learn how to paint. This gesture of giving back and sharing his talent is truly admirable; and since it is innate in him, he would occasionally post bits and pieces of tips and tutorials on his Facebook Page.

While Manong Edbon humbly describes himself as “a prolific art nomad,” he is very well-respected, too, by his peers not just for his artistry but also for his kindness and humility. His works were featured in various art exhibitions abroad, and, in his homeland, The Philippines.

See more of his amazing works on these links: sinkosiete.deviantart.com; fineartamerica.com/profiles/edbon-sevilleno

Author’s Note: All images used with permission from the featured artist.

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: Tales of my Village

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum or FAAM, in Hakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, features an exhibit entitled: “Tales of my Village.” It showcases an interesting array of artworks by great artists from India, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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The collection has defined the term “My Village” which is something symbolic to the concept of “Homeland.” The exhibit will run until 26th May 2015.

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As FAAM describes it, “The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in ‘contemporary’ Asia.

While FAAM attempts to express a message of the ever-changing ‘Asia’, the Asian artists featured in the exhibition, depicts the sense of belongingness to one’s homeland and patriotism, if we may add.

FAAM’s “Tales of my Village” simply puts together a charming recoil to the basic questions: “Where am I from?” or “Who am I?”

Exhibit sequence: “Depicting Village Life”; “My Village”; “The Reality of a Homeland”; “Movement”

WORKS AND ARTISTS:

Nunelucio Alvarado “Sugar Daddy”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Sugar Daddy”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Nunelucio Alvarado “Masskara Queen”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Masskara Queen”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong “Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong
“Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Embroidery on Cloth
Bangladesh, 2000

Song Hyunsook “8 Brushstrokes”
Song Hyunsook
“8 Brushstrokes”
Tempera on Canvas
Korea, 1998

Iftikhar Dadi Pakistan
Iftikhar Dadi
“Muslims are meat eaters, they prefer food containing salt. Hindus on the other hand prefer a sweet taste.”
Inkjet Print on Transparency, Light Box
Pakistan, 1997

Risham Syed “The Pillow Story”
Risham Syed
“The Pillow Story”
Acrylic, Collage, Buttons, Tea on Handmade Wasli Paper
Pakistan, 1999

Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan “Thah”
Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan
“Thah”
Oil on Canvas
Pakistan, 1973

Gulam Mohammed Sheikh “Choice of Birth”
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh
“Choice of Birth”
Oil on Canvas
India, 1992-1994

Ismail Abdul Latiff “Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Ismail Abdul Latiff
“Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Mixed Media on Paper
Malaysia, 1988

Kazi Ghiyasuddin “Sound of Nature – 5”
Kazi Ghiyasuddin
“Sound of Nature – 5”
Oil on Canvas
Bangladesh, 1996

Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip “Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip
“Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Oil on Canvas
Brunei, 1986

Sulaiman Haji Esa “Mahsuri 2”
Sulaiman Haji Esa
“Mahsuri 2”
Handmade Paper, Metallic Yarn, Bamboo and Acrylic
Malaysia, 1983

Choi Jeonghwa “Made in Korea”
Choi Jeonghwa
“Made in Korea”
Color Photograph, Acrylic Board, Plastic Chair
Korea, 1991

Luo Brothers “I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Luo Brothers
“I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Photograph, Computer Graphics, Watercolor, Lacquer on Board
China, 1996-1997

Manuel Ocampo “Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Manuel Ocampo
“Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Acrylic and Collage on Canvas
Philippines, 1994

Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making) “Rickshaw”
Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making)
“Rickshaw”
Tricycle with enamel paint, Vinyl, Bamboo, Tin, Metal and Photograph
Bangladesh, 1994

Liew Kung Yu “Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Liew Kung Yu
“Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Photo Collage, Tile, Cloth, Printed Paper on Wood
Malaysia, 1995

Atul Dodiya “Gabbar on Gamboge”
Atul Dodiya
“Gabbar on Gamboge”
Oil, Acrylic, Marble Dust, Charcoal on Canvas
India, 1997

Thawan Duchanee “Worship”
Thawan Duchanee
“Worship”
Oil on Canvas
Thailand, 1964

Thawan Duchanee “Self”
Thawan Duchanee
“Self”
Oil, Enamel and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Thailand, 1989

I Dewa Putu Mokoh “Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
I Dewa Putu Mokoh
“Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
Acrylic on Canvas
Indonesia, 1992

Carlos V. Francisco “Progress through Education”
Carlos V. Francisco
“Progress through Education”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1964

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Marisa Dasaravath
“Spirit of Mother – Hmong”
Oil on Canvas
Laos, 2008

“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Anonymous
“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Ink and Pigment on Silk
China, Qing Dynasty 18th Century

Luong Xuan Nhi “A Reading Girl”
Luong Xuan Nhi
“A Reading Girl”
Oil on Canvas
Vietnam, 1940

Liu Kang “Slippers”
Liu Kang
“Slippers”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, 1930

Georgette Chen Liying “Cityscape of Beijing”
Georgette Chen Liying
“Cityscape of Beijing”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, Circa 1940

Jamini Roy “Fawn”
Jamini Roy
“Fawn”
Gouache on Cardboard
India, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Lionel Wendt
Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Lionel Wendt
Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Circa 1936-1937

Su Xinping “Walking Men”
Su Xinping
“Walking Men”
Lithograph on Paper
China, 1989

Kim Seongyoun “trans-“
Kim Seongyoun
“trans-“
Video (4:20)
Korea, 2003/2005

Khien Yimsiri “Musical Rhythm”
Khien Yimsiri
“Musical Rhythm”
Bronze
Thailand, 1949

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
7th & 8th Floor, Riverain Center Building
3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City
Telephone: 092 263 1100
http://faam.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/


Art Project: Miró

Joan Miro

A friend’s Art Project as inspired by Spanish Artist Joan Miro. View the art project’s gallery on Instagram.

Re-imagining the Art of Painting

Re-imagining the art of painting

When most painters use live models or sit by the porch to copy nature on a canvas, this featured artist’s series of works is a brilliant re-imagination of the art–with the same intention–to capture beauty and express creativity.

All works by Paulina Ortega. Visit her blog or follow her @paulinapaige.