Quest for Beauty Series

These works attempt to pull back our senses back to the natural. Flowers are the source of my inspiration for they waken our senses to the extraordinary. Their beautiful foliage and blossoms only last a brief moment yet their impression, enduring. I aim to the capture the magic they leave behind that allow us to marvel once again.

The Unfolding

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Jemina Reyes and the Flowering of Abstraction

by Cid Reyes

Jemina’s “The Unfolding”, referencing the mystical process of a flower’s blossoming, bursting into the full glory of gentle and delicate petals unfurling for our aesthetic delectation. In her large canvases, Jemina nourishes our memories of flowers we have loved: roses, carnations, amaryllis, lily of the valley, daisies, carnations, morning glory, chrysanthemums, and daffodils, with all their sparkling evocation of colors ranging from incarnadine reds, warm oranges, and vibrant yellows, flecked by leaves of viridian greens, and catching hazy glints of skylight.

These are not, however, traditional flower paintings, where the intention is the depiction of specific botanical species, primarily for their ornamental appeal. Like Georgia O’Keefe, the American flower painter who eroticized her works through extreme close-ups of her subject, Jemina explores the lyrical qualities inherent in her flowers, while distilling their abstract essences, beyond the superficialities of realism. Continue reading “The Unfolding”

Manila Revisited

Doing this collection brought me full-circle in my profession. I did two simultaneous shows when I first started exhibiting, one of which was “Casa Manila” in 1996. This collection presents my affinity to Spanish architecture.

When I was invited at Galeria Roces to exhibit, I was immediately charmed by the place.  I wanted to therefore paint pieces that would further support its appeal.  This time, instead of the familiar sepia renditions, I chose either red to liven-up it walls or blues to harmonize with its environment.  In this exhibit, I hope to bring the city’s own quaintness and splendor for everyone to enjoy and remember.

Exhibit runs from September 29 – November 15, 2012.  Casa Roces, 1153 J.P. Laurel Street Corner Aguado Street, San Miguel, Manila.  For viewing please call Jhanz at 0905-665-1822

 

 

Lost In Translation

I am inspired by the intensity of feelings whether it is love, passion, anxiety or hope.  My paintings are personal but however personal the emotions are universal.  Take a simple object like the rose.  Each person will see it differently.  To a romantic, it is love.  To a perfumer, it is fragrance.  To a botanist, it is a plant.  So much about life and us get “Lost In Translation” .  I chose a limited palette to define our colorful world.  The paintings are not photographic, many details are lost but the heart is there.  For this collection, I hope each viewer would be able to take the essence of the art and relate them in their own lives.

Written by Cid Reyes:

The title of the show alludes to the famous quotation of the American poet Robert Frost: “Poetry is what is lost in translation.”  In these recent works, Jemina, an avowed Abstract Expressionist, reflects on the queen of all flowers, the rose.  The subject references Shakespeare’s line, addressed by Juliet to her Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.”  The artist’s trademark feathery brushstrokes swirl gently, forming the shape, density and texture of roses. Male and female figures embody the artwork’s romantic dynamics.

Figure Out Exhibit

Write up by Bobby Nuestro:

“Reminding us on what is used to be.”

What if the exhibition does not romanticized the everyday, the familiar, the global, the media nor identity or society neither the meaning of images as well as the metaphor?  What if the exhibition does not deconstruct, ironized and subverted existing images from pop-culture nor from art history books?  What if the exhibition does not explain the familiar terrain of creativity based on post-modernist premise of everything is acceptable as long as you discourse it right? Continue reading “Figure Out Exhibit”