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(Starting with - interesting exhibition now at the Ayala Museum)

> LINK, to here : https://tinyurl.com/shell-artcomp

51st Shell National Students Art Competition

38,000 students have participated, and at least Four Famous National artists have emerged over the years.


This show has been going on for a long time...

2014: Ayala Museum hoste the winning entries of the 47th Shell National Students Art Competition (NSAC),... 
2017: Produced a handsome Book showing highlights of its 50 years of Art Shows

"We are proud of the 50-year legacy of the Shell National Student Art Competition. Through the years, around 38,000 young Filipinos have joined this art contest, and out of these, four National Artists have emerged," said Cesar Romero, president and CEO of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.

These artists are Jose Joya, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, and BenCab. "Some Shell winners also belong to the list of "Top 10 Most Successful Young Artists" in the Philippines and have made a name in the international scene, like Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya, and Leeroy New, he added.

Esguerra said thousands of art pieces are submitted every year to the Shell art competition.

(2018) 51st Shell National Students Art Competition

Aug 21, 2018 : The competition was explained to potential participants

"Artists are visionaries. They can see the most magnificent vision of the future."

Perspective - Visions of the Future

Shell Art Competition that Produced BENCAB, ANG KIUKOK, JOYA, Calls for Entries


For more than 50 years now, Shell has built its legacy as a champion of the arts through the National Students Art Competition (NSAC). Now on its 51st year, Shell NSAC is one of the most enduring and highly anticipated student competitions in our country’s art scene.

The NSAC has established itself as a legacy platform in discovering and honouring the talents of Filipino student artists, most of whom have become seasoned art masters in their own right: Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Jose Joya, Juvenal Sanso, Ang Kiukok, Leeroy New, Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya, and Jun Yee, to name a few.

For this year, Shell NSAC presents the theme “PERSPECTIVE,” and calls for young artists to show their magnificent visions of the future and to share their unique take on how to make the future bright.  Today’s new breed of artist-visionaries are encouraged to create masterpieces that showcase the future of the arts or to illustrate magnificent future sustainable cities. The theme also provides an opportunity for student artists to inspire families to shoot for quality of life amidst rapid development, to urge inventors to rise up to the energy challenge, or to open the eyes of a nation to help amidst environmental change.

“Through this year’s NSAC, we continue to discover young artistic talents whose art pieces not only promote our nation’s art and culture but also inspire a bright perspective of the future. We are excited to see how our young student artists paint and create their picture of tomorrow,” says Sankie Simbulan, Pilipinas Shell Social Performance and Social Investment Manager.

In celebration of the new generation of Filipino talent who will ultimately contribute to our country’s artistic legacy, the National Students Art Competition is now opening its doors for submissions in painting and sculpture for this year’s competition.

. . . The Shell NSAC is open to all college students enrolled with at least 12 units in a recognized Philippine school in the school year 2018-2019. Participants can submit a maximum of two entries only in the following themed categories: oil/acrylic, watercolour, sculpture, and digital fine arts (print).

Across all categories, grand prize winners will each be awarded a cash prize amounting to P60,000, while second and third prize winners will receive P40,000 and P30,000, respectively. Major winners will also receive medals and plaques. All finalists, except major winners, will each receive a cash prize of P2,000 and a Certificate of Merit.


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A Look Inside the 2018 Show -- Tuesday Nov.13th to Sunday Nov.18th


One of the guards was an art lover too, and studied the paintings while guarding


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Agos Ng Buhay (2018), by Marc Lawrence R Martin*, Univ. of East-Caloocan.  This attracted much attention, thanks to the interesting detail and the narrative of the painting. "Go With the Flow", or "The Flow of Life," could be English translations.  Filipinos can cope with any disaster, get rescued by their neighbors maybe, and escape to the relative safety of their home provinces when life in big, bad Manila gets too stressful.

* Artist's email contact : Marc Lawrence Martin <martinmarclawrence@gmail.com>


The artists and the buyer of the paintings can be happy that their works of art will be safe and looked after (until closing day) by the Shell Representative, Ms. Nedy and concerned guards, like Ms. A.C., who is looking at "The magic of Imagination," by Jan Erikah C. Danao, of TUP in the photo at left, above.

Some of my other favorites at the show were


"Handum" by Jhoemorey R Tingson, ISTU (at left, above)

"Fatherboard" by Jill Love L. Lobetania, AUP (at right)

This one attracted many people, admiring the details.


"Big Thing" by Joegan G. Espina, EARIST

Reminds me of Ayala Avenue. Is the woman the "Spirit Goddess of Makati" perhaps?


"Tomorrowland" by Nicole Christine Tan, UP, Cebu (upper left)

"Hopscotch of Life" by Bernice Michaella Cruz, UST; 3rd place, watercolors

"Ghost Stories" by Steven John L. Natal, BSU (upper right)

"Puno at Bunga" by Aaron P. Berte, EARIST (lower right)


"Tagumpay so Kusina ni Tatay" by Roncol F. Cayas, EARIST called by a friend in my viber chat, a "picasso"

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There was some interest in the Viber chat on two other works of art

"How much is the gold tree and the blue unicorn painting behind it?"


The unicorn painting is called: "bulusukan", by Gean Brix Garcia, of EARIST. Price P15,000

(Unfortunately, it sold on the first day.)

ARTWORK PRICES, per request:    Gold Tree scuplture = P 24,000 , it is by Melanie Mamansag, dls-csb

What is EARIST anyway?

Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
Address: Valencia, Manila, Maynila, 1008 Kalakhang Maynila
(EARIST) is a state college situated in the city of Manila. It was named after the Filipino senator ...
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FINALE ART FAIR & Auction Venue

Opened Tue. Nov. 13th

2241 Chino Roces Avenue
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1)
Makati, Metro Manila
Makati City


(Old description):

When you step foot inside Finale Art File, you'll see how massive it is inside. It has two floors. The tall gallery is for bigger exhibits and installations of like bigger proportions. The upstairs gallery is for smaller scale solo exhibitions. Next to the upstairs gallery is a video room.

I was really excited about seeing Finale Art File today because I've seen photos from past exhibitions. While I was expecting a white-walled gallery, I was surprised to see it in shades of green and a vibrance of colours. It was fitting of the vision and style of artist Geraldine Javier. Her exhibition until May 30 is entitled Landscape as a State of Mind is a Landscape. She embroidered scenes of ultra-violence from A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick! That should be enough for you to drop by!

Finale Art File is open from Mondays 'til Saturdays (10am to 7pm). Bring a friend with you (or opt to go alone like I did).




FINALE website : http://finaleartfile.com/

Other Venues

Feb 21 to Feb 24, 2019

Kim Oliveros

Art Fair Philippines 2019

The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines

Mar 17 to Mar 17, 2019

Various Artists

Art in the Park 2019

Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines


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WHO is the artist Mark Tansey, Where did he work, and Why am I posting this here?

His work is about "how different realities interact with each other."


"The Innocent Eye" by Mark Tansey / source: Six Paintings by Mark Tansey


Born:  1949 - San Jose, California
Known for:  post-surreal often droll genre

The following, submitted August 2005, is from Peter Falk, Art Historian and friend of the artist.

In the world of living artists, fame can be fleeting, skillfully pumped up by promotional hyperboles of major art galleries. Mark Tansey, however, is a rarity among contemporary artists. Several books have been written about his extraordinary approach to making art, and some of the world's major art museums have given him solo exhibitions. One of his major paintings is on permanent display in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many other major museums worldwide own his works.

Clearly, Tansey has achieved lasting recognition, placing him in the pantheon of true contemporary masters. Imagine a painter expressing the  ...  
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Tansey lives in a two story studio in downtown New York City and works there from late afternoon throughout the night almost every day. The first floor of his studio is reserved for final paintings only, while the second floor is where he creates all of the preparatory sketches and variations that inspire his completed works. He derives his inspiration from photographic reproductions and magazine clippings, and works in stages of small sketches and drawings until he is prepared for the final painting. / Mark Tansey. 212-964-6388. 80 Warren Street, New York 10007.
> Prices? Like $650,000 per painting at Gagosian Gallery
The reason Why (I am posting this here) is more interesting. Best I tell you in person.
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ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT/ art show is: Nov.29, 5pm - 9pm
Othello, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati


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Art Therapy: 5 Pasig-Cainta Destinations to Appreciate Art


People who travel to other countries always visit famous museums for art and culture, but you don’t really need to travel to Paris and New York to see world-class art. In the Pasig-Cainta area, several spots can already serve you some much-needed chicken soup for the art lover’s soul. 

Our Lady of Light Parish Church

Bonifacio Avenue, San Andres, Cainta

Our Lady of Light Parish Church. Photo via Wikipedia

It’s not wise to pass-up on a chance to see a Fernando Amorsolo masterpiece in all its glory, and you can do just that in Our Lady of Light Parish Church. This place of worship famously houses an oil on canvas image rendition of Our Lady of Light by National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo, which has since undergone conservation efforts so that more generations of Marian devotees and art enthusiasts alike can appreciate its artistry and historical significance.

Pasig City Museum

Plaza Rizal, San Jose, Pasig City

Pasig City Museum. Photo via Explora PH

The edifice which houses Pasig City Museum is already historical art into itself: the two-story Concepcion Mansion is a Spanish-Baroque architectural marvel by Pasig native Felizardo M. Dimanlig, with interiors inspired by pre-war sensibilities and fifteenth-century wood flooring from the old Pasig Cathedral still intact today. The museum gives visitors a curated timeline of the history of Pasig through several collections, and even includes memorabilia of the Katipunan battles fought in the vicinity. 

Cevio Art Haus

San Isidro Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Cevio Art Haus. Photo via instagram.com/lheanstorm

Owned by art enthusiast and entrepreneurs Cecilio and Teng Tobillo, Cevio Art Haus welcomes those who would like to explore their artistic side through painting sessions with their in-house instructors to create their own personal masterpiece. It also runs mini-exhibitions for aspiring and local artists who want to showcase their artwork, and can serve as an events space if you want to hold your own art gatherings. With its very tight-knit feel, Cevio Art Haus has been able to cultivate a community of both artists and enthusiasts that continues to get bigger. 

Art Gallery Cafe Atbp

Gloria Street, Cainta

Art Gallery Cafe Atbp is a hub for different types of artists i.e., visual artists, songwriters, poets, musicians, tattoo artists, and photographers. The creative center encourages artists to help and inspire aspiring artists to hone and embrace their creative side through art exhibits, basic art lessons, tattoo services, live acoustic music while also moonlighting as a cafe.

vMeme Contemporary Gallery

General Araneta Street, San Antonio, Pasig City

vMeme Contemporary Gallery. Photo via instagram.com/vmeme_contemporary

An artist-run space, vMeme takes pride in supporting Philippine contemporary artists who uphold advocacy in their art as guided by the gallery’s belief that art should go beyond the physical and economic value. The gallery hosts collections that represent a culture of hope and freedom for art, artists, communities and Philippine society at large.

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Bonus: Pinto Art Museum

Sierra Madre Street, Antipolo City

Pinto Art Gallery. Photo via Yelp

Just a few minutes away from Cainta, Rizal, Pinto Art Museum has attracted many visitors all over the Philippines since it opened in 2010. Its name is literally the Filipino word for “door”, and it is just thatan opening which leads to a carefully-curated gallery of contemporary and primitive Filipino art. According to its website, the museum “is founded on the principle that art plays a diplomatic role in bridging distinctive nationalities, worldviews, and communities.” It successfully does just that, by complementing its permanent collection with international exhibitions that showcase the artistic prowess of the Filipino. 

The good news is you can now live within striking distance of these art destinationsin the grandest way possible. Empire East Highland City is a luxurious master-planned integrated uphill township that showcases 25 years of Empire East’s unparalleled residential development expertise. As the first elevated city in the Philippines, Empire East Highland City aims to become the new benchmark of sophisticated urban living. 

Empire East Highland City. Photo via Empire East

Located at the convergence of Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal, the township will not only boast of easy access to art hubs and commercial districts, it will have within its 24 hectares of development 38 high-rise residential towers on stilts, a sophisticated 58,000-square meter lifestyle mall, a church that has a 500-seating capacity and a five-star sports club where future residents can shape their most healthy and fit selves. 

Space and greens in the urban setting are a luxury and Empire East Highland City has an abundance of these with an expansive 8,000-square meter green park where families can enjoy heartwarming morning walks or breezy afternoon picnics. Pockets of open and green spaces can also be found around the township, which you can traverse with 4-lane and 6-lane roads that are designed to ease transportation. 

To satiate your need for art, culture and a new level of sophisticated urban living, you may call Empire East at (02) 810333 or visit their website. You can also follow Empire East Highland City on Facebook and Instagram.

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Agos Ng Buhay (2018), by Marc Lawrence R Martin*, Univ. of East-Caloocan.  This attracted much attention, thanks to the interesting detail and the narrative of the painting. "Go With the Flow", or "The Flow of Life," could be English translations.  Filipinos can cope with any disaster, get rescued by their neighbors maybe, and escape to the relative safety of their home provinces when life in big, bad Manila gets too stressful.

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Brilliance of Mark Tansey

Living and working in his two-story studio, Mark Tansey creates his paintings in several stages of sketches and drawings before completing the final piece, making him a great artist of his time in the eyes of many. Within his literary and historical themes, Tansey creates sophisticated, elaborate allegories that remind of great philosophical thinkers of old, forcing creative thinking out of the viewers himself. His shrewd work is a part of several major collections, including Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth and Broad Art Foundation in Los Angeles. With many solo and group exhibitions under his belt, he has carried on his family’s tradition successfully, becoming an artist of great quality and value.

The artist is represented by Gagosian Beverly Hills, Gagosian Britannia Street London, >Gagosian Madison Avenue New YorkGagosian Park & 75 New York, Gagosian West 21st Street New York, Gagosian West 24th Street New York.

Mark Tansey lives and works in downtown New York City.

> https://www.widewalls.ch/artists/mark-tansey

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