LAHID, as in the smearing of paint that upshots sullies on canvas, be it intentional or not, suggest more to its literality as stroked by artist Dante C. Palmes. Exhibited at Dos Lahid are his recent paddlings in the dualism and dichotomy of the figurative and the abstract, areas that he long delved in since obtaining a Fine Arts degree from the Philippine Women's University in 1992.
His latest figurative works flaunt his yet another hurdle in style amid the places he has been to; his natural discernment or "paglahid" of the specificity of the changing society. Those familiar to his art will find no surprise to his paintings of vibrantly colored mud-brick dwellings in an agrarian village in the Middle East, of veiled women, and of strolling monks in Thailand. Also were his stints on farm-life subjects that are firmly predictive of his latest linkage to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
However, "lahid" would be his continuous fondness to strokes or "pahid" by a palette knife. The present textures, ostensibly as analytical as from a post-expressionist work, confirm his progressing faculty of the style. His choice of colors is as special as how he prevail it: "I like my works to be colorful".
The art works that are featured on the exhibit.
His paddles are far from resting on its laurel, and DOS LAHID may favorably reveal which dichotomy of the arts he will incite more. Such move will be pretty exciting to see.