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Rubbing Elbows with French Artistry

Working in the media industry has its perks, one of which is the privilege of attending painting exhibits, particularly when showcasing the talents of foreign artists. These events provide a fleeting yet profound opportunity to bask in their creative spirits, making them a priority whenever the invitations grace my inbox.

On a leisurely Sunday afternoon, I stumbled upon a veritable treasure trove of artistic brilliance embodied by two French artists. Their fervor for art radiated a contagious joie de vivre, pulsating from their vivid canvases and enchanting all who laid eyes on their works.

The venue was in a building in Makati, adjacent to Jaime Velasquez Park, which interestingly coincided with the Art in the Park exhibit—an amalgamation of galleries, art schools, independent spaces, and collectives since 2006.

Ceet Fouad, renowned for his metamorphosis of whimsical chicken doodles into intricate masterpieces, spun narratives of wit and satire about contemporary society. His vibrant and humorous style not only brought his poultry characters to life but also astutely critiqued the prevalent conformity culture. As I immersed myself in his creations, a subtle yet profound message about embracing individuality echoed through his lively compositions. It was a good thing I did not “chicken out” of attending this event.

Next in line was the enchanting Amelie Beral, a maestro of painting who breathed life into majestic African beasts, with the tiger taking center stage in this particular exhibit. Each stroke of her brush seemed to capture the raw power and sublime grace of these creatures, transporting spectators to untamed wilderness. Her ability to imbue emotions and authenticity into her subjects spoke volumes about her passion and talent for animal portraiture. Playfully, she even mimicked the expression of the tiger’s eyes during a photo op, adding a touch of whimsy to her profound artistry.

Contemplating their artistry, I realized that life is akin to an empty canvas awaiting our creative touch. Just as CEET Fouad and Amelie Beral wielded colors, brushstrokes, and unique perspectives to compose their masterpieces, we too possess the agency to shape our lives through our choices and actions. Their artworks were not merely visual feasts but also gentle reminders that we are the architects of our own narratives, painting our stories with fervor, courage, and authenticity—a journey that, pardon the pun, is by no means a walk in the park.

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