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Gallery News: Mario’s presents art of grace by Michael Velasco

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - From Nov, 10 to Dec. 4, Mario’s Restaurant located along 191 Tomas Morato corner Scout Gandia, Quezon City presents the works of artist Michael Velasco in a one-man exhibit entitled “Grace, Elegance and Humanity.”

A painter, muralist and portraitist, Velasco has long held a fascination for the female form.  His works done in oil and gold leaf on canvas, reflect Modernist and Classicist influence characterized by the use of silver and gold leaf backgrounds. Evident in his pieces are sculptural forms and modern geometric patterns of fabric. He uses the long shadows cast by the late afternoon light to naturally reveal form in a unique way.

The “Lovelorn Muse” shows a female in repose against a gold leaf background, her profile drenched with light, her bosom overflowing amid folds of fabrics in both light and rich, red wine hues.

“After Rehearsals” captures a ballerina from a top shot, her body bent over, hair tightly tied in a bun, her tutu spread around her, a silk shoe showing at the edge, her hands folded at her ankles; all this amid a gold leaf background.

Another ballerina ties her shoes with light streaming through her seemingly ethereal tutu in a piece entitled “Pointe Shoes.”

“The Virgin” shows a woman with her back towards the beholder, with a clever play of black and gray tones on her skin, a piece of fabric draped loosely around her. 

Velasco finds inspiration in the work of a plethora of past and present masters like Waterhouse, Klimt, Sargeant, Bougereau, Degas, Whistler Stewart, Juan Luna, Jeremy Lipking, Daniel Greene and Scott Burdick.

Velasco will then take his exhibit to Europe, starting with an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland; then on to Venice, Italy with a swing through Rome, Florence and Milan. Barcelona, Spain is the next stop, then Madrid and off to Paris, France and finally to Amsterdam, the Netherlands before coming back to Manila.

For more information on this exhibit, visit or call Mario’s at 372-0360 or 415-3887 for reservations. Mario’s is open 7 a. m. to 11 p. m. from Mondays to Sundays.

ACIRC

AFTER REHEARSALS

DANIEL GREENE AND SCOTT BURDICK

ELEGANCE AND HUMANITY

FLORENCE AND MILAN

JEREMY LIPKING

JUAN LUNA

LOVELORN MUSE

MARIO

NBSP

VELASCO

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