Conrad Manila unveils “Of Art and Wine: 20/30 A Limited Edition Print Exhibit”

CONRAD Manila proudly presents its curtain raiser for 2022, the latest instalment of its highly-acclaimed ‘Of Art and Wine’ art exhibit at the hotel’s Gallery C, this time featuring the works of the Association of Pinoyprintmakers (AP) in cooperation with The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

“We are delighted to celebrate both our successful 5th year of operations and market leadership through the continued patronage of our guests and resiliency of our team, together with the 50th Year Anniversary of the CCP,” shares Linda Pecoraro, hotel general manager, adding “we recognize the CCP’s continued passion and pursuit of Filipino artistry and excellence together with the Association of Pinoyprintmakers, as we hope to inspire others in our continued recovery as one nation.”

Linda stated that “’20/30 Of Art and Wine exhibit underscores Conrad Manila’s commitment in providing guests with inspired stays in a world of style and infinite connections through Filipino hospitality and culture, and champions the Filipino artists by providing a haven for creative expression and true artistry.”

Leading the “Of Art and Wine: 20/30” art exhibit opening are: Elizabeth Sy, President, SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation (SMHCC); Peggy Angeles, Executive Vice President, SMHCC; Ms. Margie Moran Floirendo, Chairperson, CCP; Arsenio Lizaso, President, CCP; Chris Millado, Vice President and Artistic Director, CCP; Benjie Torrado Cabrera, President, AP; and Linda Pecoraro, General Manager, Conrad Manila.

The print portfolio comes in two special sets, a collection of fine prints using traditional printmaking techniques by noted artists who have contributed to the development of Philippine contemporary printmaking. Each serves a precious collectible for patrons of Philippine art.

Included in the folios are exquisite art works in relief printing, intaglio and serigraph printing. There are woodcut prints by Ambie Abaño and Elmer Borlongan, and rubbercuts by Leonard Aguinaldo, Hershey Malinis, Manuel Ocampo, Jonathan Olazo, Suchin Teoh and the late Neil Doloricon. It also includes a special restrike of a woodcut work by the late Rod Paras Perez dated 1963.

Renan Ortiz and Radel Paredes created highly detailed drypoint prints while Fil Delacruz’s work makes use of mezzotint and engraving, with portions made using a special etching technique, combining both acid and non-acid intaglio processes in one print. 20/30 contains etchings by National Artist BenCab, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan, Virgilio Aviado, Joey Cobcobo, Janos Delacruz, Jess Flores, Eugene Jarque, Henrielle Baltazar Pagkaliwangan, and the late Rhoda Recto. The etching of Juvenal Sansó is a restrike from a plate made by the artist in 1962. Also included are prints that combine both etching and aquatint, as seen in the works of Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Yas Doctor, Raul Isidro, Villia Jefremovas, Angelo Magno, Caroline Ongpin and Anton Villaruel. Lenore RS Lim also makes use of the sugarlift process on top of etching and aquatint.

Collographs, on the other hand, can be created through the relief or intaglio process, as seen in Kristen Cain’s work for 20/30. The emboss method, which may be more familiar to many, is also a type of printmaking technique, however unlike the rest, it does not require ink for an image to appear. The work of Christina Quisumbing Ramilo is an expertly done emboss based on an installation piece by the artist.

Serigraphy, possibly the most widely used among printing techniques, is a method of printing that uses a mesh over a stretched frame. 20/30 includes serigraph prints by Mars Bugaoan, Salvador Ching, Noell EL Farol, Rodolfo Samonte, Jun-Jun Sta. Ana and Wesley Valenzuela.

“Of Art and Wine: 20/30” at Conrad Manila’s Gallery C runs until April 2, 2022. The exhibit opening is presented in partnership with the Philippine Wine Merchants. For more information, please call +632 8833 9999 or email conradmanila@conradhotels.com. To view the full art catalogue, please visit:https://bit.ly/OAAW2030Catalog

For details, contact Angel S. Velasco at (632) 8833-9999 or through email (angel.velasco@hilton.com).

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