Vancouver - its second annual art exhibit, the Filipino community
in Greater Vancouver presented some 70 contemporary works by ten
noted Filipino-Canadian artists at the Discovery Center, Plaza
of Nations, on June 10 and 11, 1989, in conjunction with the Philippine
Independence Day celebrations.
Featuring mainly subjects such as gardens, the waterfront, and
wildlife, the exhibit was a rare chance to view the best in local
Filipino artistry in a variety of media: oils, watercolor, pen
Under the leadership of the Philippines acknowledged master of
impressionism, Sym Mendoza who also exhibited, the featured artist
were firmly within the representational art movement, between
realism and impressionism.
Bert Aquino's flowers and ponds shimmer in a Monet light, and
brilliance basks Noel Trinidad's gardens as in a Renoir. Sym's
sailboat scenes burst with color, and life like portraits in oil
by Ed Lantin and Pete Carreon were some of the works in realistic
The environment is a concern with artist Rod Pedralba, also know
as the "Bateman of the Philippines." In his work entitled
"Freedom," symbology was used to lament a dying ecology.
Architect-painter Jess Hipolito captures Richmond's sceneries
in particular, the Steveston harbor, in an attempt to record this
rapidly developing community. Hipolito feels he is running out
of time and that the artist is being "chased by developers."
Other artists who exhibited their works were Ullyses La Rosa,
Victor Santos, Mike Fernando and Erick Bontogaon.
The artists were on hand at the opening ceremonies on June 10
at Plaza of Nations.