October 12 - November 12, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7-10 PM
Press release by: Amiel Roldan
Anthony Panungao is an artist with a mission of play. He is showing works that portrays facets and insights that are gleaned from the insight of experience and life. He is a painter of pictures that are of changing facade and of self discovery. He is showing his works for the first time at the Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art on October 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm. The title of the show is "Whimsy, Wind and Wisdom." He mainly works with acrylics on canvasses in candid brushstrokes. One entails a bigger heart in this task of sorts. For a painter who has the solitary heart one could meet his fate drastically- heavy-weight truths in the most unexpected airy painterly form. Anthony Panugao is obviously a man with a big heart a masterful individual to be. No cynicism, no bitterness, no arrogance, no condescension: he points out absurdity with a laugh and paints them. He continues to find the wisdom in this unconventional way. The exhibit 'Whimsy, Wind and Wisdom just shows an inkling of what might just be that."
Anthony Panungao is a painter that creates larger works. His works features more than ten recent works and a painting measuring 7 x 11 feet. Creating works in paintings has been a passion for this individual. Seeking out this series of works to pursue the challenge of the indomitable, one artist might misconstrue passion for madness. One might discovery the key and yet another its unforgiving bonds. It is a life long discovery and to each his/her own to find his/her enduring strength. One entails a bigger heart in this task of sorts. For a painter who has the solitary heart one could meet his fate drastically- heavy-weight truths in the most unexpected airy painterly form. Anthony Panugao is obviously a man with a big heart a masterful individual to be. No cynicism, no bitterness, no arrogance, no condescension: he points out absurdity with a laugh and paints them. He continues to find the wisdom in this unconventional way.
“When wisdom gives way to whimsy and ethics fall to excitement, it is highly likely that the ground beneath me will ‘give way’ and it is I who will ‘fall.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
After the much sought out art fairs in the country last weekend, one has an aftertaste for the light, moderately and homely work that leaves you enough space to enjoy the nuances, hints and suggestions. Not that all these describe Anthony Panungao’s works exhibited at Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art but it surely would not loose you in the crowd of strangers but amongst whimsy images. One has to meet the saturation at any stage of a journey and looking back, I might be faulted on being unforgiving about it today as I write these notes. But remembering the great old question 'What happens when an immovable object meets an irresistable force? When wisdom meets whimsy probably they set off to the wind. That’s the romantic in me but hardly what happened to Walt Disney when he first approached the author of 'Mary Poppins' a certain Mrs. Travers twenty years earlier as a promise to his two young daughters then who liked the book, asking to buy the film rights to her story that would continue years later on as one almost endless battle. “For millennia philosophers and saints have tried to reason out a logical scheme for the universe... until Hilda came along and demonstrated that the universe is not logical but whimsical, its structure depending solely on the dreams and nightmares of non-logical dreamers.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls