July 22, 2018, 11:43 pm
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GALERIE Francesca proudly presents Party of Four, the much awaited collaborative exhibition of painters Anna de Leon, Roel Obemio, Omi Reyes, and Migs Villanueva.  A successful format, the highly anticipated exhibition of the group dubbed by ardent admirers as Apat na Sikat, continues for its third year the tradition of each artist having a curated set of works in their own style, alongside several interaction paintings.  

The interaction paintings, a hallmark of the Saturday Group to which all four artists belong to, has been likened to jazz improvisations: they not only highlight each painter’s artistic style and temperament, but also the genuine friendship and mutual respect each has to the others.  As such, successful collaborations are often reflective of the deep friendship between them, which is celebrated in Party of Four.

This year, the collaborative works are loosely inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party, from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. An apt image for the freewheeling foursome’s bodies of work, the tea party encapsulates the seemingly paradoxical nature of all of their art making – structured and inspired by the propriety, but innocent, fun, imaginative, and free at the same time.  

For their individual sets, each artist has created works that show significant changes from their usual styles.  Anna de Leon’s works feature familiar romantic elements which convey a narrative of a love fulfilled – the maya is finally crowned king upon successfully snatching the golden locket of love.  Roel Obemio’s collection of plump whimsical clowns seemingly defy gravity as they caper carelessly in dreamlike landscapes.  Omi Reyes presents a steam punk nursery, complete with a rocking horse to round off his spirited and youthful set.  While Migs Villanueva’s new works are of happy and innocent children surrounded by feathery hydrangeas inspired by the colors of a tropical sunset at sea.

Whimsical and fun, the exhibition also promises to have a very happening opening!  If you come wearing your fanciest headgear, top hat, or fascinator, you become eligible to one of four artworks to be raffled off during the opening!

‘Party of Four’ will be on view until 14, 2018 at the Galerie Francesca Alabang, Unit 3319, 2nd floor, Festival Mall Expansion Wing, Civic Drive Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
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