Panimula Loob at Kaluluwa • Renato Habulan

Apr 4 to Apr 30, 2014 • Upstairs Gallery and Video Room

Renato Habulan’s latest one-man exhibition features new pen and ink drawings. This boceto series centers on a theme that the artist has continually reflected on throughout his practice: seeking parallels between the human condition and the suffering of Christ.

The works attempt to “tell the stories of our people and the triumph of the human spirit in their daily struggle,” Habulan says. The drawing series is a collection of stories about the subaltern, reflecting on the contemporary experience of alienation by also utilizing the iconography of Christian religious statuary.

The format that Habulan chooses—pen and ink—also speaks of his resolve to engage in representation. “Post-modernism has rendered the wall-bound painting obsolete and narrative art as passé, but I do not want my art to be reduced into an object or focus on the materiality of my content,” Habulan adds.

Renato Habulan is among the artists associated with the group of Social Realists whose work came to fruition during the years of Martial Law in Philippine history. Also an award-winning watercolorist, he represented the Philippines in the 1995 Cheju Biennale, South Korea and cited as a Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists awardee in 1990.

Artworks from the Show

Bocetos_D.1

Bocetos_D.1, Renato Habulan, 2012, Pen and ink, 5¾×1¾ in

Bocetos_D.2

Bocetos_D.2, Renato Habulan, 2012, Pen and ink, 6¾×5¼ in

Bocetos_D.3

Bocetos_D.3, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7¾×6 in

Bocetos_D.4

Bocetos_D.4, Renato Habulan, 2012, Pen and ink, 6½×4½ in

Bocetos_D.5

Bocetos_D.5, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 4½×5¾ in

Bocetos_D.6

Bocetos_D.6, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 4¼×5¼ in

Bocetos_D.7

Bocetos_D.7, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 2¼×7 in

Bocetos_D.8

Bocetos_D.8, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 8½×6¼ in

Bocetos_D.9

Bocetos_D.9, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 8¼×6 in

Bocetos_D.10

Bocetos_D.10, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 8×6½ in

Bocetos_D.11

Bocetos_D.11, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 8¼×6½ in

Bocetos_D.12

Bocetos_D.12, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 9×6¼ in

Bocetos_D.13

Bocetos_D.13, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7½×6½ in

Bocetos_D.14

Bocetos_D.14, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 8×6¾ in

Bocetos_D.15

Bocetos_D.15, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7½×6½ in

Bocetos_D.16

Bocetos_D.16, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7×6½ in

Bocetos_D.17

Bocetos_D.17, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 6¼×6½ in

Bocetos_D.18

Bocetos_D.18, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 6¼×6½ in

Bocetos_D.19

Bocetos_D.19, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7½×5¾ in

Bocetos_D.20

Bocetos_D.20, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7½×5½ in

Bocetos_D.21

Bocetos_D.21, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 6½×5 in

Bocetos_D.22

Bocetos_D.22, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 7×5 in

Bocetos_D.23

Bocetos_D.23, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 6½×5 in

Bocetos_D.24

Bocetos_D.24, Renato Habulan, 2012, Pen and ink, 6½×5 in

Bocetos_D.25

Bocetos_D.25, Renato Habulan, 2013, Pen and ink, 5¼×5¾ in

Pakpak ni Khari

Pakpak ni Khari, Renato Habulan, 2014, Oil on canvas, 60×72 in

Panata #1

Panata #1, Renato Habulan, 2013, Mixed media on canvas, 0×0 in

Tagpo #7

Tagpo #7, Renato Habulan, 2014, Mixed media on canvas, 48×36 in