Naomi Banal solo show starts May 20

The artist at work in her studio.

Following the success of her two previous solo exhibits, the new show picks up on the now recognizable uplifting color schemes in her abstract series. Banal’s deft use of color has definitely given her pieces a refreshing exuberance.

In addition to good-sized individual canvases, Banal will be exhibiting diptychs and triptychs.

The artist says she chose the title “Endless Possibilities” because she paints “come what may.”

Except for the color scheme, which she visualizes in her mind beforehand, every element in her work forms organically, without premeditation.

“If you look at my pieces, they have imperfections, but they don’t bother me,” Banal says. “At my age, I embrace all of them — the drips, the crooked lines, the irregular shapes. I work on each canvas with a heart filled with gratitude and unspeakable joy. I hope this is evident when people look at my art.”

Banal’s earlier works were representational figures. When the family’s shoe business began to require more than just designing time from her, she put away her canvases to help her husband.

Upon her return to the art scene she felt drawn toward abstract painting and began joining group exhibits with artists she considered her mentors. Pretty soon her abstract floral pieces were attracting young collectors.

It was during the pandemic lockdowns that Banal adopted her current theme of endless possibilities. “Everybody was having a hard time because of Covid-19,” Banal recalls. “I had an urge to try and share a little bit of joy with others through the use of bright and complementary colors. Since then I’ve been trying to depict my joy and gratitude for the life I’ve been given.”

“Endless Possibilities III” opens on May 20 and runs until June 10 at the Rojo Gallerie, Robins Design Center, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

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