a midday harvest scene
35 year-old Orley Ypon’s bucolic realism is a joy to experience. I chanced upon his exhibit featuring three other Cebuano painters , Ronnie Abayan, Wilfredo Cañete and Felix Carata at the art gallery of The Ayala Museum in Makati the other month.
A self taught artist from Toledo, Cebu. Orley relocated to manila to pursue his love for painting. His remarkable talent first gained recognition in ArtPetron when he won the grand prize for his painting called “Ober-ober” which depicted children playing with their slippers. In ArtPetron 4, he again won with his entry called “Pamaling”.
A favourite piece from his exhibit was a portrait of an “Igorot” elder. In this oeuvre he revealed skill in chiaroscuro. The dark background is thinly painted with burnt umber and black. The red shirt is picked up with meticulous glazing of crimsons and alizarins while impasto is applied to highlight the wrinkles and folds on the beautiful brown skin of the elderly, tobacco-toting woman. The skillful rendering of the headdress adds vibrancy and completes the composition.
Cebuano artist Orley Ypon