Thomasian abstractionist holds electricity-themed exhibit

Painting alumnus Milnar Onal's Greater Hights exhibits abstract paintings last Aug, 3 at The Podium in Mandaluyong. Photo by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo.

Abstractionist Milmar Onal retains his vigor in representing landscapes through explorative themes in his new art exhibit titled “Greater Heights,” which opened last Aug. 3.

Showcasing Onal’s latest set of abstractionist landscape paintings, the exhibit illuminates the artist’s new and ambitious ways of translating landscapes through abstracted forms of electrical flow.

”Abstract is a style. Marami ka’ng puwedeng paglaruan. Lahat ng elements ng art—lines, shapes, color, form—pwede mong pagsamasamahin. Hindi lang siya nakakahon,” Onal told the Varsitarian when asked about the theme of his exhibit at The Podium in Mandaluyong.

In “Seat of Power,” Malacañan Palace is set on a black static background, which highlights the contrasting range between energy and stasis or the state of inactivity.

“Paying Homage” depicts the artist’s hometown of Calapan, Mindoro represented by geometric, and non-geometric shapes.

“Greater Heights” stands tall as the main piece, with the uneven mountain range placed against an orange backdrop.

A painting graduate from the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Onal has mounted multiple exhibits, particularly at the Artist-run Independent Arts Space (A.R.I.A.S.).


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