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October 7 - 28, 2023
In his latest solo exhibition, Catchments, Jim Orencio invites us into a mesmerizing world where the delicate balance of nature is not just observed but celebrated. Presented by Art Cube, Orencio’s collection breathes life into the canvas, weaving an intricate tapestry of the Arboretum at the Pintô Art Museum.
The term “catchments” is not merely a title but a poetic revelation. Defined as areas where rainwater is collected and stored, the term finds its roots in gardening and ecology. In the context of Orencio's exhibition, Catchments symbolizes the inherent significance of water sources in nurturing life. It is a nod to the intricate ecological processes where water serves as a lifeline for the flora and fauna, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living things.
Orencio’s artistic gaze is once again fixed upon the Arboretum of the Pintô Art Museum. Through his brush, he unveils the arboretum’s hidden corners, demonstrating how it serves as an endless wellspring of inspiration. The paintings, adorned with a vividly atmospheric mood, transport the audience into the heart of nature, capturing the essence of the arboretum's diverse and ever-changing landscape.
The artist masterfully illustrates the dynamism of nature, especially in areas enriched by water sources. These catchments, depicted with an almost ethereal quality, act as the beating heart of the ecosystem. In Orencio’s world, nature is not a static tableau; it is a living, breathing entity that evolves with each passing moment. Water, as a recurring motif, becomes a symbol of life and transformation, nourishing the environment.
Reflecting on his connection with the Arboretum, Orencio shares, “I must say it’s the closest paradise I can be in to learn about nurturing life.” This sentiment transcends the canvas, echoing the artist’s profound connection with the environment. Through his paintings, Orencio doesn't merely capture scenes but becomes a steward of nature, a witness to its vitality and a student of its wisdom. His art, much like the catchments he portrays, becomes a vessel for understanding the delicate balance required for life to flourish.
Jim Orencio emerges as a notable painter of nature, cultivating an awareness of its grandeur and beauty. In an era marred by environmental challenges, Orencio's work serves as a gentle reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the natural world. His paintings act as windows into the intricate dance of life, encouraging the audience to appreciate the subtle nuances of our environment and fostering a sense of urgency to safeguard it.
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
Jim Orencio (b. 1969) is a contemporary Filipino artist based in Antipolo City, Rizal, and has been active since the 1990s. He is best known in the Philippine art scene as a masterful artist of landscapes, a preference informed no less than by his formative years on Tablas Island, Romblon where he was living and farming with his grandparents.
After a period of expatriate life and high school in Papua New Guinea, he took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, even as he joined the Antipolo-based group Salingpusa. With some members of this group, he established his studio at the Silangan Gardens (later to become the Pinto Art Museum) at the invitation of Dr. Joven Cuanang.
Orencio held many of his initial solo and group exhibitions at the Silangan Gardens as well, choosing the environs as his subject. Boston Gallery in Quezon City also featured many of his exhibitions for the next three decades. His work has since diverged into abstraction, collage, and lyrical figurative paintings of Filipiniana but landscape painting has always been a constant. In recent years he especially emphasized the genre of landscape as an exemplary action parallel to his ecological advocacy, after acquiring forested property which he plans to turn into a sustainable farming unit while campaigning to preserve the forest and its river systems. Orencio’s work has been shown in various exhibitions both in the Philippines and abroad.
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