Art In The Park 2024: A Day For The Best Of Filipino Creativity

Art in the Park, the country’s most anticipated affordable art fair, returned yesterday, St. Patrick’s Day, at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City.

It was deadly for art collectors from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM as they bought and bought due to the fact that BPI credit card holders could get an art piece on a six-month installment with zero interest. Prices of artworks here are capped at P70,000 with many art lovers scoring coveted pieces for even far less. 

Art in the Park continues to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network. 

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For its 18th year, Art in the Park gathered over 60 exhibitors representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups to present a vibrant showcase of diverse talents and to offer an opportunity for fair-goers to engage, interact, and immerse themselves in Filipino creativity. This year’s exhibitors include Ang INK, Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, Art for Space, Art LAB, Art Toys PH, Art Underground, Art Verite, Artbeat Collective, Artery Art Space, Authenticity Zero Collective, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, Cartellino, Cevio Art Haus, Cornerstone, FA Gallery, FotomotoPH, Fuse Projects, Galería de las Islas, Galeria Paloma, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, ILCP Art Space, ISTORYA STUDIOS, J Studio, John and TessyPettyjohn, Kaida Contemporary, Kalawakan Spacetime, KASIBULAN, Komiket, Kulay Art Group, Kuta Artists Group, Looking for Juan, MAG, Metro Art Gallery, MONO8, Nineveh Artspace, Orange Project, Pintô Art Museum and Arboretum, Qube Gallery, Redlab, Resurrection Gallery, Sheerjoy, Sierra Madre Gallery, Space Encounters, Superduper Gallery, The Mighty Bhutens, Thursday Group, Tin-Aw Art Projects, Tiny Canvas, UP Artists Circle, UP College of Fine Arts, Urban Sketchers, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, Vmeme Contemporary, White Walls Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.

Javi Martinez, Tim Yap, Borgy Manotoc, Carla Sison

As in previous years, Art in the Park 2024 features special exhibits by Filipino artists carefully handpicked by the fair’s organizers. The featured artists for Art in the Park 2024 are abstractionists Pepe Delfin and Clarence Chun, and multimedia graphic artist Demi Padua. 

Demi Padua, considered one of the most sought-after contemporary artists in the Philippines right now, captures attention through various elements in his works. One particularly striking aspect is the composition of the portraits themselves with faces dominating the entire expanse of his canvases, serving as a central visual focal point that merges abstract and figurative elements. Pepe Delfin explores abstract forms through geometric shapes, squiggles, and lines. She carefully places each element to produce a visual storytelling of the artist’s experiences, observations, and relationships with people and contemporary life. Clarence Chun primarily engages in abstraction to create narratives centered on his connections and relationships to places had lived, particularly highlighting the influence of bodies of water as a prominent force in his works since his childhood was spent in Leyte and later in Hawaii, His body of work depicts biographical narratives drawn from his personal history as a first-generation immigrant. 

Yorkie Gomez, Monette & Mike Mapa, Carlo Tanseco

The vibe at Art in the Park was also enhanced by music from Any Name’s Okay and Soulful Mood throughout the day. 

Art in the Park is organized by Philippine Art Events, Inc., for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines with support from Globe Platinum and Bank of The Philippine Islands, and with partners MACEA, Barangay Bel Air, and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Visit and follow www.facebook/artinthepark and @artintheparkph on Instagram.

Photos by Pepper Teehankee.

Banner photos via Instagram @artintheparkph.

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