Aurum ebri is more than just a pursuit of creative expression. It is a strong authentication of the artist’s lavish experimentation and conscientious cerebral thinking process, factoring in the efficient use of valuable resources, collectively involving time and focused energy, relentless passion and solid conviction to unleash a new series of collection for this season. Gold is the very backbone of this exhibition. Aurum is at the core of the artist’s works, showing grit and fortitude that speak copiously of the desire to achieve uniqueness in its truest essence.
With fifty and one mixed-medium masterpieces on paper and on canvas in this show, Gil Francis Maningo has justifiably proven the prolific results of such a tedious process that he had succumbed to. To wit, he has painstakingly worked, played, mixed diverse mediums and to a certain extent allowed himself to be exposed to health hazards while challenging himself to achieve the tint he desired for both industrial and regular metallic paint under the sun. With Gold Leaf as his primary medium, the distinctively infectious zest of appeal under the warm lights truly surfaced. Suffice it to say, the artist’s identity through the explicit and dramatic entry of his works in today’s competitive art arena inarguably merits him today’s iconic stature vis-à-vis with his preceding accolades in both the performing and the visual arts.
Aurum ebri discourses about the abundance of grace and perfectly advances the thrust of Expressionism’s intimate form, particularly Figurative Expressionism. One of the fifty one works, Pretiosum Tempus, for example, is so meaningful that the artist indefatigably executed his brush to dance and twirl from the first empty space of the canvas to the last, escalating the progression of its composition and its aesthetics. Pretiosum Tempus is Precious Time, and the first of the works in the Aurum series that all exude the vibrancy of colors, the perfection of techniques, and the wealth, wholeness and spontaneity of the subjects’ insightful depth.