In Anthony Palo’s works, toys come alive and fairy tales come true

Published September 13, 2021, 1:48 PM

by Fojas Sara Grace C.

Anthony’s Wonderland

Like a page in a fairytale book, Anthony Palo’s Cruising Through the Clouds and Angels on Patrol take us back to wonderland. His whimsical and colorful pieces are part of the group exhibit “Parts and Parcels” at the Arra Bettina Gallery.

HAPPY TOY MAKER Anthony Palo

Cruising through the Clouds’ tells the tale of a group of friends in the middle of a magical adventure, which is no different from any of us traveling through life, where we meet friends who accompany us, help us in our journey, making wonderful memories with us along the way. Angels on Patrol, on the other hand, is inspired by the feeling of being carefree, reminding us life’s joys,” shares Anthony.

Anthony mixes pop culture and surrealism in his pieces. Informed by his love for comics, cartoons, and anime, as well as by Renaissance, Baroque, and other classical techniques, he creates a story that unfolds in extraordinary ways.

‘Cruising Through the Clouds’

‘Angels on Patrol’

“Every painting is unique according to its own themes and goals. This time the theme of the show is the representation of the human figure in the painting and how it is seen through each artist’s eyes—bringing together this group of artists with different perspectives and interpretations of the central theme, which is the human figure, how it sums up and connects as a whole. It is always exciting to see the outcome,” he says.

Anthony mixes pop culture and surrealism in his pieces. Informed by his love for comics, cartoons, and anime, as well as by Renaissance, Baroque, and other classical techniques, he creates a story that unfolds in extraordinary ways.

Each viewer will encounter a different experience. Some of the works take you back to your colorful past, others bring you to the future. But more than that, Anthony’s pieces, even those which are not included in the exhibit, remind you of the wonders of your childhood such as the friends you have had for so long at the Met a New Friend While Whale Watching. His Sama-sama Sa Duyan reminds you of the simplicity of life with your family.

For those at home, his and his co-artists’ art comes alive through a virtual tour, making the viewers part of the exhibit, immersed in each of their stories.

“I want people to feel happy when they look at my pieces, to connect to them. I want the paintings to remind people of our ideals as a society and inspire them to work toward that goal, that we can translate our ideals into reality, just like what we were taught when we were kids,” says Anthony.

For this artist, art is what makes life enjoyable and it makes us appreciate life more.

‘Sama-sama Sa Duyan’

‘Met a New Friend While Whale Watching’

“Art allows society to be creative and lets the society appreciate that creativity. Artists or not, people can now enjoy art and appreciate it. It can communicate to people the beauty of life. It is a reminder that there is more to life, that we can pursue humanity’s creativity and enjoy it,” he says.

Antony grew up in Antipolo City surrounded by cartoons and comic books. At school, he loves to create comic strips on his notebook and show it to his friends. Soon, as he gained commissions for his craft, he was encouraged to take up painting at the University of the Philippines. In Anthony’s wonderland, toys come alive and fairy tales come true.

Parts & Parcels is a group exhibition that celebrates contemporary figurative art centered upon the language of the body. It features the works of Bryan Apolinario, Juert Asejo, Tia Avila, Arianna Bongato, Melvin Culaba, Summer de Guia, Carzen Esprela, Aura Jade, Edwin Ladrillo, Ron Mariñas, Emman Miranda, Anthony Palo, Tokwa Peñaflorida, Jeric Sadullo, and Keloy Santos!

Visit artspaces.kunstmatrix.com to view their works online.

 
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