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Da Nang Cancer Hospital


2015, community mural

acrylic on small canvases

 

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Da Nang Cancer Hospital


2015, community mural

acrylic on small canvases

 

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This was a community project that I was sent to Vietnam for, along with two volunteers, Hweechieh Ang and Boon Yee Teo. Originally the Da Nang Cancer Hospital simply wanted large paintings made by various artists from around the world to fill their bleak hospital walls. But then our group suggested we involve the hospital volunteers and patients in the creation of the artwork so that it would be more meaningful.

 

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The lotus is the Vietnamese national flower and symbol for hope, purity, and optimism for the future in spite of obstacles. We took a 1 by 1.6 metre lotus drawing and broke it up into 40 canvases for everyone, including the geriatric and pediatric patients to paint on. In the end, it came together like a puzzle or mosaic that formed a unified image. Click here for more snapshots of the process, as told by the Da Nang volunteers, and here for local news coverage

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Bill Waterson-Inspired Wall


2016, ACRYLIC LATEX PAINT ON CONCRETE

Bill Waterson-Inspired Wall


2016, ACRYLIC LATEX PAINT ON CONCRETE

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For a children's bedroom in Bonifacio Global City. It started out initially as a simple mural of tree with autumn leaves, with the lake, clouds and Calvin & Hobbes characters added later on.

BILL WATERSON-INSPIRED WALL

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CAMIGUIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


2012, Acrylic latex paint on concrete

CAMIGUIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


2012, Acrylic latex paint on concrete

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In 2012 I travelled to the Babuyan Islands, one of the furthest, most remote northern parts of the Philippines to be part of a humpback whale expedition. I was with environmentalists, photographers and artists, all who wanted to see these creatures first-hand, and reach out to the communities there as well. As part of engaging with the people of Babuyanes, we visited the schools, donated books and supplies, and created this wall mural, headed by art activist A.G. SANO, commemorating our love and respect for the animals and natural surroundings of the area.

WHALE AND DOLPHIN MURAL

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Saddle Samurai


2014, markers and acrylic on concrete

 

Saddle Samurai


2014, markers and acrylic on concrete

 

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This started out as a doodle in brown marker by MIG BLANCO. After outlining, I did the rest of the paintwork, colour, and filled in the details and tonal value. I wanted it to pop out, and look like a bold L.A. Ink tattoo.

SADDLE SAMURAI

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Kyss Collaboration


2012, Acrylic and markers on wood

Kyss Collaboration


2012, Acrylic and markers on wood

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Artist PIAGET MARTELINO has a knack for working with organic shapes. For this piece, he laser-cut a large, thick sheet of wood to his desired shape, and glued on protruding portions. We decided to stay within this 4-colour palette and freestyle painted the wood during an art jam at an event in Kyss Bar in Makati City. The inspiration for the design of my drawings came from Native American tribal totem patterns.  

KYSS COLLABORATION

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Circle Hostels


2011, ACRYLIC LATEX PAINT ON CONCRETE AND COCONUT HUSK

 

Circle Hostels


2011, ACRYLIC LATEX PAINT ON CONCRETE AND COCONUT HUSK

 

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My friend Ziggie Gonzales had a dream of opening a chain of affordable surf hostels around the Philippines. in 2011, he invited several artists and friends to paint the first Circle Hostel in Zambales as it was being built. We were given free rein to paint whatever we wanted, wherever we wanted. A few years down the line, he opened another branch in La Union, and then Baler.

 

PSYCHEDELIC SUN TURTLE in Circle Hostel, Zambales; and WAVES OF SMOKE in Circle Hostel, La Union