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DIVERGENCE IN ARTS

Kambal Gallery returns to the HKVAC for a third exhibit

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Kambal Gallery in its 3rd edition will be coming back to the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (HKVAC), an elegant restructured early 20th century building called Cassels Block that used to be former barracks for married British officers of Victoria Barracksm located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district for an exhibit called “Divergent.”

This event will feature contemporary artworks of already very well established Filipino artists and foreign artists who are based in Hong Kong. As part of Kambal Gallery’s advocacy, part of the proceeds will be donated to The Best Gift Foundation, a charity that builds schools in some of the poorest and remotest parts of the Philippines.

Among the local artists gracing the exhibit are Lydia Velasco, whose works have already been auctioned in international auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Borobudur, Larasati, and Masterpiece, UP Fine Arts graduate and art school teacher Alfred Galvez, whose studies under Marco Cavallini at the Bottega Arte in Florence, Italy was esteemed for trompe l’oeil techniques  and print making master Pandy Aviado. HKVAC is welcoming back steampunk sculptor Ram Mallari Jr., who transforms discarded metals into beautiful pieces of arts, Eman Sia, who takes inspiration from stories told to him by his mother to appreciate nature, and Spanish Filipino artist Federico Elizalde, who uses a technique that he calls “Aluminuchrome”, in which gilded aluminum leaf is covered in thin translucent layers of color paint to react to light.

This show is exhibiting for the first time the works of Wencyl Mallari. Mallari who comes from a family of artist started painting at the age of 9. At the age of 15, she already participated in a group show and was interviewed by a local TV station who was impressed by her talent. In 2011, she and her father did a project in Ukraine making interiors and murals for Funtura Donetsk. In 2015, She won the Grand Prize for Art Petron National Painting Competition. She also won other awards in several art competitions.

Other artists exhibiting for the first time in Hong Kong are Christian Lee Regis who paints abstract nostalgic scenes of Manila, Rita Bustamante who is known for using pointillism style with fastidious details, the formidable Simsim brothers Joey and DexterJeanroll Ejar using veneered wood shaving using different kinds of wood in their natural color, and Monnar Baldemor and Janos Delacruz—both sons of master artists renowned in the art industry but etching their own niche in the arts business and getting recognized for their own unique style. Joining the impressive line-up is Danny Rayos del Sol, a visual artist and curator for Manilart and the Annual Sculpture Review, and multi-awarded jewellery designer Mila Imson who is venturing into doing sculptures as well.

Kambal Gallery is also pleased to see the participation of Hong Kong based British artist Martin Lever whose works have been exhibited in the UK, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. Lever’s works adorn the walls of private collectors, as well as corporate lobbies including Estee Lauder, the McKinsey Corporation, Patton Boggs Law, and the Wharf Group. Another British artist grabbing the limelight at this exhibit is water colorist Sarah Bent. Apart from Hong Kong, she has already exhibited in Italy, Australia, Mexico and the UK. Featured as well in this exhibit is the impressive “Kisaeng” series in oil by South Korean artist Eunhe Park, figurative paintings by Australian artist Helen Boyd who for many years managed her own gallery and art hub doing art classes, workshops, art jamming, artist talk, art demo and exhibitions, and Italian artist Francesco Lietti who studied architecture in Milan and furthered his studies in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts, La Seine, and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London. His works are featured in private collections worldwide.

Although relatively new, Kambal Gallery has already held successful exhibits at the Affordable Art Fair held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Asia Contemporary Art Show held at Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre and Manila Art in 2018. Kambal Gallery has just recently participated at an international exhibit at Palazzo Merati in Venice, Italy last September and MANILA FAME in the Philippines in October this year. This event promises an extravaganza of colors and cultural experience through the various style, medium and technique that can be enjoyed by the audience during the entire duration of this exhibit.

“Divergent” is open to public viewing and free of admission from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until Nov. 10, while on Nov. 11 will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm only.

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