ANOTHER Filipino artist gave recognition to the country. He is Randalf Dilla who received the special citation for “Most Ambitious Work” at the International 2013/2014 ARC Salon—an international art competition organized by the Art Renewal Center in New York, United States.
His artwork “Insurrection at the Museum”—a dramatic and rebellious museum scene brought to life in multi-dimension—was given attention in the prestigious art event for its ambitious composition, artistic and technical execution, as well as visual impact.
As with his previous works in earlier solo exhibitions, Dilla counterbalances “photorealism” style with surreal and bold themes. According to the artist, this is his way of transcending from a picture perfect reality to imaginary.
Dilla’s artwork was an expression that brought together shrapnel shell fragments, spearheads, cannon balls and shirtless human figures, all of which seemed to explode out of his canvas.
With his depiction of anguish and defeated men, who seem to bow down from heavy artillery, his work could easily capture the attention of a viewer while experiencing a heavy vicarious feeling of anxiety.
Adding color and detail to the composition are weeds, which have grown copiously inside the museum, hinting his views of neglect and decay similar to great forgotten wars.
Quaint images of birds in flight as though avoiding the chaos add another touch of detail and perfection to the composition. The image of a failed insurrection has never been essayed this way, making Dilla’s masterpiece a recognizable feat.
The magic of light
Besides photorealism, the magic of light is another trademark in Dilla’s works. His mastery in rendering bright and dark tones in canvas is another strong point in “Insurrection at the Museum.”
Light, taken from one side of the museum background, is carefully diffused to the other side that skilfully creates a three-dimensional illusion to his mages. His dexterity in photorealism is found in minute details of his composition, practically in every square inch of the canvas.
With a closer scrutiny of the work, one will also discover that the artist painstaking and ambitiously added another layer of details and imagery behind the focal theme.
Earlier this year, another work by Dilla titled “Move” was picked as one of the top 10 entries in the recent Philip Morris Art Awards 2014 held in Manila. This excellent piece of work renders the calesa in jigsaw frames. Each frame displays the artistry in the calesa (horse-drawn carriage) as though seen through different visual filters and colors.
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