After showing his latest works at the Love the Earth, Heal the Spirit exhibit at the Hiraya Gallery in Manila in February, respected artist Fernando C. Modesto returns with the second part of that show at the new Hiraya Gallery at the Lobby Lounge Luxe on the mezzanine of the Makati Shangri-La Manila on June 1.
Modesto’s follow-up to his environment-themed show is expected to feature more “large-scale landscapes blending an impressionist style with abstraction,” as Hiraya Gallery, in a statement, described his works in the February exhibit.
In his review titled “Modesto’s Angels: Healing Energies,” art critic and author Cid Reyes wrote: “The theme should not be glossed over, for they make claim to our attention that this iconic image [guardian angel] continues to proclaim its presence in Philippine contemporary art.
“Like Amorsolo’s ‘dalagang bukid’ or BenCab’s ‘Sabel,’ Modesto’s ‘angel de la guardia’ is a representation of something deeply Filipino—in this case, a puckish figure that has taken residence in the art community’s collective consciousness, extolling us to look at the brighter, lighter, happier side of life,” he added.
Love the Earth, Heal the Spirit is presented for the benefit of the SEA Institute-VIP (Verde Island Passage), a science-based conservation group in that southern Luzon strait, considered as the world’s center of marine shore-fish biodiversity.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of the artworks in the show will be used for scientific research to educate and raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation in Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque provinces. TMM