Happy Birthday Tin-Aw!

Jose John Santos III, "Clouded"

In my book, Tin-Aw holds the title as Makati’s most convivial gallery (Art Informal gets my vote for the Ortigas area).  How often have I stopped by for a quick look, only to end up staying longer than intended, chatting and laughing with other art lovers who also just happen to drop by?   Where else do you run into art superstars Mark Justiniani, Joy Mallari, Geraldine Javier, or Alfredo Esquillo Jr., and get to sit down with them as old friends?  Here, art is taken seriously, but is never intimidating.  You get treated with the same amount of charm, and welcomed with the same offer for Chocnut or coffee, whether you happen to be super collector Paulino Que or Mr. Newbie To The Art Scene.  Therein lies the secret to Tin-Aw’s success, the reason we all keep coming back to see what treasures their backroom holds.

Mike Adrao, "Intricate Rug-Beautiful Snake"

To celebrate the gallery’s second anniversary, Tin-Aw mounts Smokescreen, a group show of mostly paintings by artists Mike Adrao, Dennis Atienza, Antipas Delotavo, Mark Justiniani, Lee Paje, Goldie Poblador, Mark Salvatus, Jose John Santos III, and Wesley Valenzuela.  This is the first of a two-part exhibit to mark the gallery’s birthday.  Like all group shows, you have a mixed bag from the “veterans” and the very young artists.

Can John Santos ever paint a bad piece?  He delivers another winner with Clouded.  I also liked how Mike Adrao executed his charcoal on canvas Intricate Rug-Beautiful Snake. He certainly bears watching. Mark Justiniani shows Manhattan Project, a piece from his private

Mark Justiniani, "The Manhattan Project"

collection. He painstakingly scratched out images of the atomic bomb explosion juxtaposed beside the 911 Twin Towers explosion.  To complete the piece, he installs a mirror reflecting the word echo in a separate piece below the main image.

Detail, "Manhattan Project"

Congratulations to Dawn Atienza and Marya Salang, the amiable ladies of Tin-Aw!  More power!

Wesley Valenzuela, "Fragments"

Smokescreen runs from 18 June to 7 July at Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Upper GF, Somerset Olympia Makati, Makati Ave. cor. Sto. Tomas St., Makati City. Phone (632) 892-7522 or visit http://www.tin-aw.com

Antipas Delotavo, "Pasasalamat"

Detail, "Pasasalamat"

Mark Salvatus, "Go Home"

Dennis Atienza, "Hush Hush"

By Goldie Poblador

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One Response to Happy Birthday Tin-Aw!

  1. cris says:

    Convivial is the word and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve only met the Tin-aw ladies last year but it felt like I’ve known them for ages. Not once have I been to Tin-aw that I didn’t get the chance to have chat with either Dawn or Marya, or both. And I always love the little chats we have. And I always end up staying longer than I planned and should! I see now it’s not only me who gets the urge to ransack their backroom for treasures. Just recently, the ladies have finally decided to reward my patience(and, believe me, I’ve displayed extraordinary patience that could rival Buddha’s). I’m now a proud owner of a Mark Justiniani!

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