Here are artworks fit for Chinese New Year

Posted at 01/29/2014 4:58 PM
Horse painting by Lizanne Uychaco. Handout photo

MANILA – An art gallery welcomes the Year of the Horse by mounting exhibits featuring China-inspired pieces.

Art Elements Asian Gallery at SM Aura Premier mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig recently launched the exhibits titled “At Full Gallop,” “Symphony of Good Fortune” and “Adonai,” which will all run until February 18.

In “At Full Gallop,” feng shui artist Lizanne Uychaco pays tribute to the horse animal sign on canvas. Her other works feature “lucky” subjects such as the dragon and the prosperity tree.

Manuel Baldemor, meanwhile, explores a range of oriental themes in “Symphony of Good Fortune,” which is inspired by his various trips to China. Some of his works include a painting of the Great Wall of China, a portrait of terra cotta warriors and a 4x8 rendition of lotuses.

"The Great Wall" by Manuel Baldemor. Handout photo

Sherwin Tan, meanwhile, uses his trademark red dot to share messages of hope in “Adonai,” or the Hebrew word for God. While it does not coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations, the exhibit is filled with symbols of faith, which can be a source of inspiration to visitors.

"Lovers" by Sherwin Tan. Handout photo

Horse sculpture in Makati

Makati Shangri-La has partnered with young designer Carlo Calma for a horse sculpture to mark the coming Chinese New Year.

Calma has designed a wooden horse sculpture with laser-cut aluminum panels, which will be on display at the Makati Shangri-La lobby from January 30 to February 9.

In creating the piece, which is 2.7 meters tall, Calma took inspiration from nature, particularly from the forest.

Carlo Calma's horse sculpture. Handout photo

“In creating the wooden horse sculpture, I wanted to focus on this branching type of series, which is a cataloguing device of assemblages,” Calma said.

For his part, Makati Shangri-La area manager and general manager Alain Borgers said Calma’s horse sculpture “will certainly create a conversation amongst guests who appreciate art in all forms.”