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Following is an exhibition review.
Listen to the Silence
?By: Rete Guatlo
Born in Sta. Ana, Lynyrd Paras grew up in the metropolis, living in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Novaliches, and various parts of Manila. He studied at the Technological University of the Philippines, tucked in the area between the Pasig River and Rizal Park, an estero away from Adamson, a street across the Philippine Normal University. The eldest of five siblings, his family moved with him wherever he went. When Ondoy struck some years back, his apartment/studio in Araneta got flooded. He moved to an aunt’s house in Pandacan, making sure that his paintings are stored in the second floor. After another round of storms and more floods, he finally decided to move to Laguna.
These days, when Lynyrd heads home, he crosses rice fields flanked by pine trees, and his time is spent in quiet communion with the self. Nights are cool, and sleep comes easily. He does not worry about pollution and traffic when he takes his bicycle for a spin around the neighborhood. He finds comfort in his studio, and welcomes even the rain for the coolness it brings, even if it once was a prelude to worrisome floods.
It is this environment that helped the artist create the pieces for this new show at Finale. Titled “LISTEN TO THE SILENCE,” it is an invitation to look inward, to listen to that which cannot be heard. It is when the world is silent, and our hearts are at peace, that we see people and things for what they truly are.
Away from the bustle of the city, the artist has made a discovery: “mas nakita ko yung mundo noong nawala ako sa kanya, nang lumayo ako.” For indeed, distance lends perspective, aside from enchantment, to the view. There is another lesson: I can only rely upon myself. And an encouragement: far from all the distractions, I have plenty of time to do the things I consider important.
The paintings in this collection show a different facet of the artist’s personality – while the images are similar, the dramatic reds and blacks are muted, and there is considerable use of lighter colors. In a very real sense, there is less anger, if not less angst: “mas nakakalimutan natin yung galit na hindi natin alam kung kanino ba tayo galit kapag tahimik at mag-isa lang tayo.”
KINEGTENGABUKASUTAKMASIDMATA illustrates the painter’s newfound attitude: to listen, keep an open mind, and see with penetrating eyes. It is this child-like openness to reality that makes possible a true understanding of the self and of the world. In the artist’s own words:
“mas nagiging simple ang lahat.”
“Pakiramdam ko ang laki ng langit dito.”
LYNYRD ARWYN VILLANUEVA PARAS?(b. 1982)Bachelor of Fine Arts?College Of Architecture and Fine Arts?Technological University of the Philippines
Finalist: Philip Morris Philippine Art awards, National Capital Region, Second Place Metrobank Art & Design Excellence, National Competition
Honorable Mention, Art Association of the Philippines Annual National Art Competition
Grand Prize, GSIS Museum National Painting Competition, Student Category, Second Place, Far Eastern University 2nd Annual Inter-University, On-the-Spot Painting Contest
5th Place, PLDT-DPC 17th Visual Art National Competition
Honorable Mention, Metrobank Young Painters Annual National Competition
Art Residency: Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
Art Residency: Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia
Art Residency: Blanc Compound, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
National Commission for Culture and The Arts Sinugdanan Program Grantee . Philippines
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