katrina pallon art

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In May last year, I received an email from Ms. Ann White of Florida asking for my permission to use my painting, “Spanish Rose,” as an inspiration/ pattern for her quilt project as she was taking a quilting class on color and composition at that time. I said yes. Fast forward to present day, I received an email from her with the following photos attached. She has given me permission to share these. I’ve also included a photo of my painting for reference.

“Hi Ms. Pallon,

I am including our prior correspondence for your convenient reference. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Last Wednesday, I finally finished this quilt project and I entered it in our local Quilt Guild’s annual quilt show this weekend. There were approximately 200 quilts entered. In the "wall quilt” category, my project won SECOND PLACE!!!!! This has been my first ever entry in a quilt show.

I sincerely hope that you will be proud of my use of your Spanish Rose. It was much more difficult than I was anticipating to translate using fabric - and of course I couldn’t come close to capturing the full beauty of your Spanish Rose. Trying out beading was another much more difficult venture! But I couldn’t be more happy with the result. I am attaching some photos and sincerely hope that you will like what I did with your Spanish Rose. Your art has given me such inspiration and I can never thank you enough for being so generous! As you can see by the quilt show sign, you were indeed given artistic credit!!!!!

-Ann White"

Her email completely made my day, and I am truly proud and in awe of her beautiful work.

No mysterious air surrounds her, and perhaps that is what which lends most to her mystique. She comes, she goes. She embarks on her travels, a few days here, a month or two there. This wisp of a child-woman has engaged on a discovery of her Asian roots, traipsing through the nooks and crannies of Thailand and Hong Kong, to the less travelled routes of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, before yielding to the irresistible pull of India and Nepal.

Each homecoming is followed by an outpouring of veiled thoughts and emotions on canvas using oils and acrylic. Inspired by German symbologist Gustav Klimt and the dynamic renditions of Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s painter of renown, Katrina or Kat has embarked on a very similar vein of artistry – colors, symbols, portraits of enigmatic women. A case in point is “Ceasing to Bleed,” showing a woman in Vietnamese attire surrounded by a halo of flowers and brilliant colors, her arm outstretched, sporting a long, savage gash but blood no longer streaming from it. It was done after a deep, personal loss.

Katrina is prolific, rendering both commissioned and gallery artworks with prodigious output, and which find their way to buyers and collectors soon enough. A Magna cum Laude graduate of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Katrina Pallon promises to conquer both frontiers of classroom and gallery. Collectors have began to take notice of her obras, as she has just began her own artistic journeys of discovery littered with symbols.

A very intimate picture emerges of her art as described by a friend and critic:
“After her last solo exhibit, Resurgence, artist Katrina Pallon has become the ferryman transporting her captive audience across the underworld river: in her upcoming exhibit, Illuminata, Pallon now takes us through a grim, mystical nether-region of lanterns, cranes, skulls, and roses. As a reflection of her current emotional status, her works reveal a transitory state, a tunnel that leads to the light: it is the ending night with the break of dawn visible from afar; that quickly fleeting, terribly beautiful moment when you hold your breath in anticipation.

Executed in the artist’s trademark maximalist style, ‘Illuminata’ mythologizes both Pallon’s recent travels across Southeast Asia. Whence before Pallon’s women had been in a state of mourning, the characters in her current exhibit are now in transition–wading out of their entanglement, rising from the emptiness slowly beginning to dissipate.”

“Illuminata” series of paintings will be exhibited at LRI Art Pavilion, 210 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel Air II, Makati City. There will be 12 pieces 4 ft x 4 ft, 3ft x 4ft, and 2ft x 3ft paintings, curated by Mandy Navasero. Open to the public August 12 to 20, 2013, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. For Inquiries, call 8963208 or 09155430482.