Did you know that May is the month of the Santacruzan, which commemorates the discovery of the Holy Cross by St. Helena? However coincidental it may be, an awesome solo exhibition entitled “Crusaders” has been mounted in the Philippines. Find out more here!
A master of human anatomy with an acute eye for detail, renowned realist Orley Ypon will offer the public his newest oils during a magnetic exhibition at the BenCab Museum in the Philippines. “Crusaders” will showcase Ypon’s penchant for depicting crowds of writhing bodies in naked glory. Twisting, laughing, smiling, and in all sorts of emotional states, these bodies seem to race toward an undetermined end. “In many of the works, the playful, cavorting bodies are seen rising from the sea — the genesis of all life,” says the artist.

Orley Ypon, “Budyong,” 2016, oil on canvas, 32 x 40 in. (c) BenCab Museum 2016

Orley Ypon, “Adrift Series 1,” 2016, oil on canvas, 32 x 48 in. (c) BenCab Museum 2016

Orley Ypon, “Man with Idol,” 2016, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. (c) BenCab Museum 2016

Continuing, the artist describes his work: “Well-composed and beautifully executed, the works subtly comment on societal ills and concerns of the present. True to the Horatian ideal, although in a different art form, Ypon seeks to delight and instruct the viewer, prodding him to open his eyes and look around with a fresh appreciation and understanding of his community and the world, and of himself.”
To learn more, visit the BenCab Museum.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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