MANILA, Philippines – There's a special treat this month for all art enthusiasts longing to see outstanding fine art. The works of Fernando Amorsolo, the very first National Artist of the Philippines, have been transformed into another art genre.
The Fernando Amorsolo Art Foundation and Dollfus-Mieg and Company (DMC) teamed up to showcase the works of Amorsolo in the form of cross-stitched portraits.
The works are shown in the exceptional art exhibit entitled "Fernando Amorsolo's Art in DMC Cross-stitch" ongoing at SM Megamall.
According to Joanne Mercado, branch manager of Focus Global Incorporated, the exclusive Philippine distributor of DMC brand of premium threads, they chose the paintings that they felt reflect Filipino culture at its best.
The exhibit includes recreations of 8 of the famous masterpieces of Amorsolo such as “Girl with a Banga,” “Lavandera,” “Tinikling Dance,” “Girl with Mangoes,” “Planting Rice,” “The Rice Harvest Cooking the Noonday Meal,” “Sunset Return of the Fishermen,” and “Winnowing Rice.”
But the main attraction of the exhibit are the four portraits that were made by Amorsolo’s daughter herself, Helen Amorsolo Martinez. She made two family portraits and two reproductions of her father's works.
The art exhibit primarily aims to preserve the amazing masterpieces of Amorsolo.
“Mahal ko ang mga gawa ng papa ko. Sana someday magkaroon ako ng work na gaya ng sa papa ko. All of the portraits are labor of love,” Martinez said when asked about her inspiration in reproducing the works of her father through cross-stitch.
Martinez revealed that she learned how to make cross-stitched portraits in school as a project, and then eventually she enjoyed the art of cross-stitching.
Martinez’s daughter Jeannie Martinez Jimenez said it was their legacy and responsibility to protect and make sure that people don’t forget the works of her grandfather.
“The younger people now don’t know anymore about him. That’s why we came up with the foundation to make sure that he and his works will not be forgotten,” Jimenez said.
The team up of the foundation with DMC will bring the works of Amorsolo into the home of every Filipino. The foundation and DMC wanted to show the public, especially the younger generation, the way of life as depicted in the artist's paintings that showed Filipinos at their finest during his time.
Amorsolo's other children, namely, Christina Amorsolo, Sylvia Amorsolo Lazo, Luz Amorsolo, Emma Amorsolo Castañeda, Rosie Amorsolo Cheng and Delfin Amorsolo were also present at the opening of the unique art exhibit.
The “Fernando Amorsolo’s Art in DMC Cross-Stitch” art exhibit is on view from May 4 to 5 at Galerie Y at SM Megamall, and from May 6 to 12 at the SM Megamall Bridgeway on the 5th level.