Jucar Raquepo goes back to one of the genres or subject matter rarely seen in today’s contemporary art scene, the landscape.
This month, the artist opens Back to Landscape at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). In this latest solo show, some of the works featured were done during the artist’s residency in Canada, through a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and through the support of NCCA.
Some paintings will look discretely odd because they are combination of Philippine landscape and Canadian winter-time scenery. Other works are a collection of Philippine landscapes, with his trademark thick foliage and impasto style, while other scenes are landscapes of a certain period specifically the mid-century, a period which the artist is fond of, i.e., the 1950s, the 60s music, fashion, art and graphic design. This show celebrates the convergence of seeing, painting, living, traveling, nature, creation, memory and nostalgia.
Raquepo has had a little bit of history of painting landscapes, and it goes back to his first solo show entitled Meaning at Finale Art File SM Megamall where he featured silent scenes of land and ocean.
Occasionally, he would paint landscapes again like shows at the Ayala Museum and at The Boston Art Gallery, in between sojourns to abstraction and comical political satires.
Back to landscape is on view at the NCCA Gallery until July 30. NCCA Gallery is open to the public for free. Gallery Hours, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday.