If you follow me on Instagram (and I hope you do lol), you know that I’ve been announcing stuff about my second exhibit. After working on the paintings for more than a year, it’s finally opening to the public on October 20 until November 5 at the Provenance Art Gallery in Shangri-La at the Fort. Entrance is FREE, so I really hope you’ll be able to drop by! I’ll give more details over the weekend. I’m super excited to share this one with you guys.
But first, I wanted to do a little throwback to the exhibit that started it all. I’ve loved art and creating things in general for as long as I can remember, which is why I paint and do makeup and prosthetics and all that. (BTW, people still ask me if it’s really me who does all my paintings, so here’s my answer haha)
Our People was my very exhibit ever and this one took three years to put together. Like a lot of other things, art takes time. My paintings in particular are huge, so it’s impossible for me to come up with one in a few hours. At the very least, I need a whole day, and that’s if I’m really in the mood (yes, pa-artsy). Our People showcased April last year at Pineapple Lab in Makati, and from the name itself, you’ll know what the main subject was—people. People I met from my travels, people I made up. Just different people and different faces. There’s just something so raw and beautiful about human expression and I find myself always painting people. Even my second exhibit has a similar theme.
During Our People, I also shared other things I was working on at that time—a clothing and jewelry collab with my friend Mia Arcenas (we have a new one coming out during my second exhibit too), a furniture collab with Philux, and embroidered cowhide pieces that I collaborated on with Our Tribe.
I love art, but honestly, these are things I just do for fun and they’re really not meant to be taken seriously. Lol. I also love sharing whatever I create with you, so if you weren’t able to go to my exhibit last year (you better go this year haha), you can check out the photos taken from the opening night below. This is also the first time I’m sharing these pics. If you want to see my paintings as I work on them, you can check out the hashtag #SolennArt on Instagram. Enjoy and let me know what you think!