Ramon Orlina’s “Tides of Fortune.” Photo by Jilson Seckler C. TiuFOUR acclaimed Thomasian artists delighted not only art aficionados but also real estate investors in the exhibit titled Masters at Edades, which was held at the Edades Model Unit in Power Plant Mall last September 9 to 16.

The exhibit displayed the works of painter Lydia Velasco, glass sculptor Ramon Orlina and National Artists for Visual Arts Ang Kiukok and Arturo Luz. Works of Hernando Ocampo, Federico Aguilar, Juvenal Sanso and Fernando Amorsolo were also showcased.

Held simultaneously with the exhibit was the opening of a showroom for a three-bedroom model unit of the Edades Tower, named after National Artist for Visual Arts Victorio Edades, the founder of the school of fine arts of UST and generally acknowledged as the father of Philippine modern art.

The artworks were hanged in different rooms, which served as interior decorations.

The developer, Rockwell Land, has also built other residential towers named after National Artists, such as the Amorsolo Tower and The Manansala, named after Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala, respectively.

Velasco’s “Lilies in the Garden” is a depiction of two women donning floral dresses while one of them hoists stems of lilies, which enhances the subject’s portrayal of femininity.

Orlina’s glass artworks titled “Waves of Fortune” and “Tides of Fortune” use emerald and cerulean blue-colored glass, respectively. Both sculptures are characterized by flowing, curvilinear lines, imitating the movement of the sea.

“Imaginary Landscape” by Luz is an abstract imagery of an archipelago on a tangerine-colored sea using simple geometric forms and lines. The sun is illustrated as a simple orange square set against a black sky and the islands are drawn only using triangles and curves.

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On the other hand, his “Duo,” which means “two,” is an illustration of two nude women having disproportionate and exaggerated bodies, which is also set on a plain background.

Finally, Kiukok’s “Mother and Child” illustrates the unyielding love of a parent to her child as it depicts a mother tightly embracing and kissing her child. The cubist form and exaggeration of the forms successfully captivate the emotion of the subjects.

In the end, the exhibit was not about the advertisement of the Edades Tower units as most of the visitors were more interested to view the artworks.

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