Heart on a roll

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For her fourth solo exhibit, the artist Love Marie was inspired by fishing trips she had with her dad as a child

For her fourth solo exhibit, the artist Love Marie was inspired by fishing trips she had with her dad as a child

Love Marie successfully mounts back-to-back artistic endeavors
You have to wonder where she gets the time and energy—and stay beautiful as ever—to complete multiple projects at the same time.

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Besides being a full-time actress and wife to vice presidential candidate Sen. Chiz Escudero, Heart Evangelista-Escudero—known by her given name Love Marie when it comes to her passion for painting—is thriving as a visual artist.

In mid-January, she together with good friend and fashion designer Mark Bumgarner successfully produced a collection of ethereal gowns bearing her bold hand painted florals. Unveiled on the runway at Dusit Thani Hotel, the MBxLM collaboration also served as a fundraising event for Heart’s decade-long advocacy for Thalassemia patients under the auspices of Corridor of Hope Foundation and Thalassemia International Association.

As if churning out an entire fashion collection was not demanding enough, she surprised everyone by opening her fourth solo exhibit two weeks later at ArtistSpace of the Ayala Museum in Makati City.

A standing ovation rewarded the collaboration of Heart Evangelista-Escudero, who uses her given name Love Marie as a visual artist, and fashion designer Mark Bumgarner at the ‘MBxLM’ runway show

A standing ovation rewarded the collaboration of Heart Evangelista-Escudero, who uses her given name Love Marie as a visual artist, and fashion designer Mark Bumgarner at the ‘MBxLM’ runway show

Titled Oceans Apart, the series is comprised of an all-new collection of oil paintings by the celebrity artist, inspired by her childhood memories of going fishing with her father, Rey Ongpauco.

“It was kind of our thing,” she said above the din of her exhibit’s jam-packed opening night—hardly a surprise what with her debut exhibit at the same gallery, and the succeeding two at Gallerie Joaquin in San Juan and then in Singapore, all sold out shows.

“My dad wanted a boy, which is why he brought me along hiking or fishing,” she added laughing. “[But since then] I’ve always loved painting fish. It’s just a never-ending flowing idea, a fantasy place with so many colors.”

In terms of aesthetic style, she looks to Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Frieda Kahlo and Juvenal Sanso as her idols, with her pieces carrying hints of their work.

The celebrity artist receives a bouquet of flowers from her biggest fan, vice presidential candidate and Sen. Chiz Escudero

The celebrity artist receives a bouquet of flowers from her biggest fan, vice presidential candidate and Sen. Chiz Escudero

Asked how she has become so prolific as an artist, she simply replied, “Painting like I said has always been my first love and showbiz just happened to come along.”

She enthused that the process of filling a piece of canvas with her strokes gives her a kind of “high” that she cannot put into words.

“The feeling is just priceless,” Heart concluded.

Oceans Apart featuring new works by Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero is on display at Artist Space of Ayala Museum until February 10.

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