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Com­mem­o­rat­ing Ed­win Wil­wayco’s four decades as a pro­fes­sional artist, the Fa­tima Gallery Foun­da­tion is launch­ing at Leon Gallery a limited edi­tion cof­fee-ta­ble book, sim­ply bear­ing the artist’s name as its ti­tle. Wil­wayco, lauded as one of coun­try’s premier ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ists, grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines with a de­gree in Fine Arts in 1972 (study­ing un­der the tute­lage of Na­tional Artist Jose Joya, Con­stan­cio Bernardo, and Dr. Rod. Paras-Perez, among oth­ers) but it wasn’t un­til 1976 that he held his first ex­hibit, “Ex­u­ber­ance,” as a pro­fes­sional artist. Over the years, Wil­wayco, now based in the United States, has tack­led sev­eral themes in his work, among them lo­cal cul­ture, na­tion­al­ism, re­li­gion and spir­i­tu­al­ity, mu­sic, and na­ture. In the vi­brant book, lav­ishly pep­pered with nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs of the artist’s work, we learn more about Wil­wayco’s early in­flu­ences, which in­clude the renowned ab­strac­tion­ists Wass­ily Kandin­sky, Jack­son Pol­lock, and Willem de Koon­ing, as well as trace the de­vel­op­ment of his dis­tinc­tive style, his con­tin­u­ing pur­suit to per­fect his craft, and his life­long de­vo­tion to art. An ex­hi­bi­tion of selected works from Wil­wayco’s dif­fer­ent artis­tic pe­ri­ods will co­in­cide with the book launch at the Leon Gallery. April 24 to 29, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino cor­ner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Vil­lage, Makati.

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SwirlS anD wHorlS clock­wise from top: re­cal­i­bra­tion ii from the re­cal­i­bra­tion se­ries; Eight from the Frac­tals se­ries; Misty Moun­tain from the in na­ture’s realm se­ries.

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