Wednesday, December 24, 2008

FAT IS BEAUTIFUL

copyright by abs-cbn, 2008

21 comments:

luna miranda said...

Hello, Daniel! Congratulations! Here's wishing a wonderful Christmas!

palma tayona said...

@ Luna : MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO LUNA!!!!! :-)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Take it from some who is fat! We are beautiful indeed! he he he he. This is PHAT!!!! Wonderful painting. Merry Christmas once again!

palma tayona said...

@ Vanessa: Yes. Yes. and definitely YES. a bit more mass in the body is better than the models who prance on catwalks looking like walking reeds. :-)

Forrest Illustrations said...

That was very interesting to learn about how your subjects come to life for you. I think you are a wonderful artist. :)

Michael O'Connell said...

palma… everytime i see your art i am amazed… and if we could all only open our eyes and see beauty in all people¬

best to you on your upcoming show… and a belated happy christmas to you…

Conventional Wisdom said...

Happy New Year. Your artwork are not only interesting and surreal (and I mean that as a compliment), your choice of colors are also very vivid. Conversation pieces indeed.

When I have my own place already next year, I will visit your shop for possible purchases. Discount? Lol.

Happy 2009.

amateur ear said...

Dear Palma,

In response to your comment on my blog, yes, I did take their offer. And also decided to pay for the painting in full. I expect it to be delivered this weekend (or the next weekend because of the holiday).

But I'm having heavy mixed feelings about the painter. I really like his work, but I have also heard from very credible sources that he self-plagiarizes. I have seen an example of his self-plagiarism, actually. But I really love his work that I still continued with the sale. The curators have assured me that he would never duplicate the painting I bought. They also said that the self-plagiarism incident (they know about it) was the first time it happened in their galleries.

I'm anxious. What's my assurance that he wouldn't do it again? I don't know anyone who's actually in the art world with whom I could discuss these matters.

palma tayona said...

@ forrest: thank you for the nice compliment chris. here's a happy new year to you! :-)

palma tayona said...

@ michael: i guess that's the thing with being a painter/visual artist. we'd have to see things a bit more differently and try to find the fantastic in what others would call banal. :-)

Happy new year to you and your family!

palma tayona said...

@ CW: at least you didn't use the word "nice". heheheh...
if you've the time, try visiting my works still hanging at cubao x. you'll see that they won't punch a hole in your pockets. :-)

happy new year to you and your family.

palma tayona said...

@ amateur: would there be any assurance that he won't plagiarize himself? frankly... none. :-)

i "plagiarize" my own self. well, not really. i have had works with themes that i have repeated. i've done my massage paintings several times and i am doing the same thing with "it takes a village". manet (or was it monet?) has done a gazillion of his lilies. edvard munch has done more than a dozen versions of his "scream" painting and i can go on down and recite a gamut of masters who do the same thing.

but the whole point is... your anxiety stems from the fear that he/she might repeat the same theme or image for another painting and you'll end up years later seeing the same kind of work hanging in somebody else's wall. fear not.

if, as you say, you love his work... go buy it and have no fear in acquiring it. if he is an artist worth his salt, the work will stand out on its own. i would actually be more fearful if the work in question is a complete plagiarism of somebody else's work and sign it with the greater artist's signature. that would be forgery... but i guess, you being a lawyer should know that. :-)

amateur ear said...

=) Thank you very very much for reminding me of Munch.

Yes, I will go on with the sale. I really love art.

amateur ear said...

Palma,

This morning I was in Binondo having brunch at a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant and saw this street-person/beggar who immediately reminded me of one of your subjects. Actually, I had just spent a good part of the hour searching your blog because I thought I had already seen him as one of your works! He's bald, hefty, and he had on layer upon layer of jackets. The similarity between his face/facial expression with those of some of your subjects are striking. The man was standing outside this eatery called Four Seasons on Ongpin Street. The waiter says he's a regular street person in Ongpin, but quite harmless.

I was about to ask you kung, uhm, you would know him, but then I realized, you're from Pasay, and the guy's in Binondo.

Anyway, Happy New Year, Palma!

palma tayona said...

@ amateur: on good days (or nights) i would strike up a conversation with one of the many "street residents" of pasay. i would sometimes eavesdrop on conversations between them and see what are the things they talk of and the lives they weave. it's amazing the stories some of them can tell like that of a former female ofw who lost her mind after she lost her money through a philandering husband and a greedy mother; a young woman who parades the street naked because of a broken heart; or that of an old prisoner looking and hoping for a past that might still be there.

eventhough i don't know the jacket-layered man in binondo you speak of, i am curious with the kind of stories he can tell. :-)

happy new year!

nutart said...

hey Dan!!! thanks for dropping over the coconuts...and Happy na New Year pa to you too!

What is to self-plagiarize? Good question. I know of a classic painter who did a painting over and over until he mastered it. And what about the master painters who had their apprentices do their artworks for them...then signs the artworks? Andaming scenarios that will chill the bone(s) of any collector.

Congrats talaga sa exhibit mo! Ganda pala ni Aling Emily kapag katabi ka! Whatever that means...i meant it in a good way, donna worry :-D!

palma tayona said...

@ nutart: i printed out the article and gave it to the real Aling Emily here at the Pasay Public Market. she shriekd and said, "Pinapayat mo naman ako!" (You made me thinner!)

lol...

Paulette said...

Happy New Year Palma!
What a wonderful article!
I just love seeing and hear your subjects come to life!
The streets where you live come to life in a way that a travel book could never tell.
I hope your New Year is filled with happiness, family and love!

palma tayona said...

@ paulette: Thank you. and HAPPY NEW YEAR too, to you, your family and gracie and magic. ;-)

Peter Breese said...

Absolutely Palma! Bravo on a wonderful 2008 and I do hope you have an amazing 2009. Cheers!

palma tayona said...

@ Peter: Cheers to you too on that side of the world! here's hoping for the best in this fantastic new year!! :-)