A back to back balancing act-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
THE play of colors is enough indication of how different the two are. Darker, mystical hues resonate in Amihan Jumalon’s works while vivid, cheery shades grace Boboy Buenaventura’s. Yet in spite of the two artists’ contrasting creative styles, they have put together a harmonious display in their exhibits, which are staged simultaneously at The Henry Hotel.
Amihan’s exhibit titled Watchwoman is mounted at the hotel’s second floor foyer while Boboy’s “Playful Mind” is at the Qube Gallery on the ground floor. With more than 50 works on display, the double exhibit provides a fascinating view of Mindanaoan artistry, as Amihan and Boboy are from Zamboanga and Davao, respectively.
The self-styled Amihan, whose recent works mostly echoes her brush with motherhood, explains that a watchwoman is her symbol of a “woman God.” She said, “It is someone who watches and sees everything, and does not sleep. This has been what I’ve been feeling since I had a son eight years ago. As a mother, I’ve tried hard to balance everything, not wanting to fail, and I’ve been somewhat like a control freak.”
Her works depict staunch, immobile female figures, and the artist said that this is her interpretation of the complexities of being a woman—as if frozen in time, yet with an omnipotent perception of the things surrounding her. “These are very different that the ones I’ve done before I became a mother,” Amihan added, “Back then, my works were more idealistic.”
Here she paints a face to female personas like the empress and the magician, the gatekeeper and the bride. Also included in the collection is a painting Amihan did with her son, titled Big Fish. She said, “He helped in the sketching and I did the finishing touches.”
Coming from a family of award-winning painters—renowned artist Edwin Jumalon is her dad—Amihan has been immersed in the creative arena since she was a little girl.
She had her first exhibit when she was in high school, and from then on has participated in countless solo and group shows around the Philippines and abroad.
Watchwoman is Amihan’s first exhibit in Cebu.
On the other end of the spectrum lie Boboy’s artworks that portray jovial and lighthearted sceneries. As he said, it is an exhibit that seeks to remind onlookers of the simplicities of childhood.
His images speak of the bliss brought by family, and casual things like kite-flying or playing with origami. Nature is also evident in Boboy’s collection, as he said that he himself grew up at a time when mountains were lush and trees were abundant.
Boboy’s works are likewise a ‘play’ of color and textures, and a fusion of figurative art and abstraction. One of the rare gems in the collection is a piece called Guardian Angel, which depicts the bond between a mother and daughter, and the circular-plated The Catch and Summer Fun.
Born and raised in Cebu, Boboy is presently based in his wife’s hometown, Davao. He studied fine arts at the University of the Philippines Cebu College and was formerly chief designer of the Aldeguer Group of Companies. He shifted his concentration to solely being an artist four years ago, and Playful Mind is his third solo exhibit to date.
“Watchwomen” and “Playful Mind” will run until Sep. 14, Saturday. The Henry Hotel is in Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 03, 2013.