Fil-Chi sculptor Ting Ping Lay donates artworks to Nat’l Museum

Published December 25, 2020, 5:35 PM

by Hanah Tabios

The son of reclusive Filipino-Chinese sculptor Ting Ping Lay donated two artworks to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) to further boost the National Fine Arts Collection.

(Photo Courtesy of National Museum of the Philippines/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The two sculptures are “Early Spring” (ca. 1990) in plaster of Paris and “Supine” (1995) in bronze.

NMP Director-General Jeremy Barns and Deputy Director-General for Museums Dr. Ana Labrador received the sculptures from Alberto Juan Evangelista Avellana and Lionel Ting, son of the artist, on December 18. 

The official turnover of the artworks and the signing of the Deed of Donation was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in the presence of guests. 

“The National Museum of the Philippines, on behalf of a grateful nation expresses our thanks to the donors for these gifts which will certainly fill the gap in our sculpture collection as we continue to acquire more works by Filipino-Chinese artists,” it said. 

Born in Amoy, present day Xiamen in China, Ting was known for his stylized sculptures of figures. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) under the guidance of Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti. He also graduated with honors from his class and won prizes during annual competitions of the Art Association of the Philippines.

He won medals for his sculptures in the Philippine National Art Exhibition in 1960 and 1961. 

Ting began creating sculptures with ordinary folks as his subjects and eventually shifted to doing sculptures of the female form in various poses. He later on produced several small sculptures of figures in plaster of Paris, terracotta, clay, and bronze.