A twist in fairy tales

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


IF YOU are fond of fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, and Rapunzel and have formed a strong imagery of these characters in your mind, get ready to be challenged by Bacolod artist Jay-R Delleva.

Jay-R will stage his fifth solo exhibit, titled “Tales of Nostalgia,” at the Gallery Orange on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

With his 20 artworks depicting a new and sometimes hilarious twist of popular fairy tale characters, Jay-R will challenge you to think again, and reconsider your preconceived ideas and impressions of these classic characters.

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Maybe authors Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm or known as the Brothers Grimm, and Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve did not tell us everything we need to know about these characters because of cultural biases, given the political and social climate in their era.

One joke on these fairy tale lead characters goes like: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel lived happily ever after—until they discovered that they’re all married to the same man, Prince Charming!
Jay-R says his paintings in “Tales of Nostalgia” depict characters from fairy tales, myths, folklores and other imaginary stories from his childhood. “I find these stories amusing because of their magical and enchanting content,” he adds.

As an artist, he tries to create his own twist to these stories to make it more personal. I incorporated some modern elements, like current events, personal details and “conspiracies,” he laughs.

“I am painting these stories with fairy tale-inspired conspiracies to broaden my viewer’s imagination,” he explains.

Jay-R, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday today, April 2, has done four solo exhibits: “Mga Dagway sang Pobreng Ispiritu” at Gallery Orange in July 2011, “World of Wishful Thinkers and Absolute Dreamers” at the Nova Gallery in Makati in June 2012, “The Wasteland Apparition” at Gallery Orange also in June 2012, and “Desserts and Other Leftovers” at Imbiss Restaurant in Bacolod in July 2013.

“Tales of Nostalgia” runs until April 30.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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