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Francis Nacion Weaves Memories and Moments Together

The artist’s first abstract exhibition is a heartfelt retelling of his memories with his mother

For Francis Nacion’s 13th  solo and 1st abstract exhibition, ImaheNACION gives us a glimpse of the artist’s heartfelt memories with his mother. He shares that as a kid, his mother would sew and mend his school uniforms, and he would play with the loose textiles from his mother’s work. Little did he know that these moments would inform his current artistic endeavors. 

Taking inspiration from Paul Klee, a German artist known for his use of color and simple stick figures, Nacion has come up with an artistic style that is deeply personal.

Birds of Paradise
48 x 84 inches
Oil & Textile on Canvas
2022

“Nacion’s abstraction, which is based on his personal recollection of his mother’s favorite hobby of sewing, is unique in the Philippine art scene in that it honors his mother and the craft which is perceived as a feminine, domestic activity,” says  Ricky Francisco, abstract artist and Art Curator/Director of Fundacion Sanso.

“He does this while integrating his own bricolage of artistic influences like Basquiat, maximalism and urbanism. In so doing, Nacion merges high art with craft, feminine and masculine, folk and city, maximalist and minimalist, the personal and the universal, in an aesthetic language that is easy to comprehend and Filipino in its predilection for detail, color and pattern,” he adds.

Maze
20 x 20 inches
Oil & Textile on Canvas
2022

Meanwhile Cid Reyes, Writer/ Publisher of Art & Lifestyle Magazine, adds further: “Renowned for his stylized figurative forms of women distinguished by the trademark half-rendered visage, Francis Nacion, in his 13th solo show, journeys into the realm of abstraction. The impetus for this latest visual adventure is his very concrete affection and love for the woman who gave life to him—his own mother. The artist remembers her as a typical Filipino mother who cared for her family, attending to their daily meals and the clothes they wore, sewing the future artist’s school uniform.”

The publisher notes that “ImaheNACION” features works that bring life and color to a room. While it may be the artist’s first abstract exhibition, Nacion maintains his signature style of using vibrant colors, showing the importance of families, and paying homage to Filipino values and traditions.

Mountain Haze
20 x 20 inches
Oil & Textile on Canvas
2022

“[Ultimately,] Nacion’s latest exhibit is a celebration of filial affection, [depicted through] myriad pieces of fabrics and textiles; compulsive, symphonic colors; and an array of animated, spirited patterns. With these works, Francis Nacion vivifies the art of collage, elevating it to the level of the emotive [and] affective, since they were impelled by motives that transcend the merely decorative and ornamental,” says Reyes.

“ImaheNACION” will run until June 12 at Art Lounge Manila – Molito Lifestyle Center, Ayala Alabang.  For more information, visit the Art Lounge Manila website www.artloungemanila.com. You may also check out Art Lounge Manila on Facebook and Instagram through @artloungemanila.