Sunday, July 31, 2016

Diversity creates curiosity. It builds us freedom to be in another dimension where we can be our own creators. Everybody is unique and recognizing that difference can develop a bridge with other people which will lead into a mixture of brand new ideas. Diversity show is composed of three different artists namely Pejie Abia, Cheryl Owen & Raine Sarmiento but they have two things in common, they use watercolor as their medium and female form as their symbol of a diverse world. Pejie’s artworks were influenced by different personalities of real people. He was fascinated by how each and every one of them has their own characteristics based on their personal stories that they share online. Their diverse behaviour triggers Pejie to combine his style with his portraits, which embodies their individuality. Cheryl Owen on the other hand, embraces the similarities of woman and nature. It’s a celebration of their majesty and pure beauty. Where in nature is like a woman who enjoys revealing herself, and those different elements produced coincide with each other perfectly. And lastly, Raine Sarmiento expressing herself through the “what if’s” of reality and her strange curiosity about the world. She relives her imagination by combining her thoughts into one harmonious image. This is to showcase their individuality and personal vision of a diverse reality. — Text by Pat Frades

Pejie Abia is a Laguna based storyboard artist and freelance illustrator. He graduated at PWU Manila in 2010 with BFA in Advertising. Inspired by punkrock, anime and horror manga from a young age, most of his pieces are multi media, using ballpoint and watercolor on paper. As much as he loves the local music scene, he has also created some gig posters and album artworks for local indie bands.

Pejie Abia

Cheryl Owen is a Manila based watercolour artist, illustrator, and designer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising Arts in 2009. She worked as a graphic artist in a fashion company and web development company before becoming a designer in an advertising agency in 2012.

In 2015, Cheryl and her advertising friends put together a lifestyle brand named Milk Collective Ph, a collaborative group where they release their creative juices to produce handmade products which they sell in arts and crafts bazaars and in the local craft store, Common Room. This is where Cheryl rediscovered her love for watercolours. Inspired by the female form and nature, she creates nostalgic and dream-like illustrations for paper products such as greeting cards, postcards, and art prints catered to people who still love and appreciate hand-written letters.

Leaving as an art director from the advertising industry in 2016, Cheryl is now venturing on her own and pursues her passion as a full-time artist. The Diversity Exhibit is her first major exhibit since after college.

Secrets of the Woods, 14 x 20
Watercolor on Paper

Raine Sarmiento is an illustrator, with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Major in Advertising. Though she was professionally trained to create artworks in different media, she currently focus on watercolor illustration. Her works have appeared in locally published magazines — where she works as a contributor, YA books, and art galleries during exhibits. She has been featured in several newspapers and websites from different parts of the globe, and is constantly being invited to give lectures in universities and colleges, do live art demonstrations in celebrated art events, and hold workshops in art studios.

Tropical Winter, 14 x 20
Watercolor and acrylic

Diversity opens August 6, 2016, Saturday at 6:00 pm with drinks and cocktails to follow.

Nova Gallery is located at Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information about the artist and his work, email gallerynova@gmail.com.

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