Khervin Gallandez: Nurtured by Art

Khervin Gallandez

Twenty-two year old Khervin John Gallandez is one of the kids who at a pretty young age have already figured out what they want to become later in life. He remembers — “As early as seven years old, I would fill the back of my aunt’s thesis draft papers with doodles and cartoon characters.” Back then, his fascinations were Dragon Ball Z and the work of Philippine Star editorial cartoonist Rene Aranda.

Khervin's Studio

Khervin went to the Laoag Gabaldon Elementary School for his elementary education and for his secondary education the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades. Among his frustrations are the lack of a fine arts school in the province and the little availability of art supplies locally.

The young artist has the full support of his parents, George and Cristy. Darwin Co, the owner of Topside Marketing, who has given him space inside the custom framing store says of Khervin, “He is talented and his artworks are very detailed.”

I went to visit him at his shop this afternoon.

Khervin's studio

Q&A with Khervin Gallandez

Describe your art?

Random. I draw what I like. I can’t be stuck in one genre.

What inspires you as an artist?

The cultures of different peoples. Rembrandt and Michaelangelo, I also like classical.

What colors are you drawn to?

Vivid colors. And monochrome.

Paint Brush and Palette

Describe how it is to be a struggling artist in the province.

It is an independent thing. If only there were more art events and venues to promote local art. I’ve joined the Sama Summer workshops by the city government in the past. Samtoy Books has displayed some of my work which include an acrylic painting in memoriam of Robin Williams. I am hoping to be able to have my own exhibit in the future.

How have your clients discovered your art?

The social network is a big help to promote my art.

Madame Imelda

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

I was commissioned by a client to do an artwork of Mrs. Imelda Marcos as a gift to her for her birthday.

Did she like it?

I heard she liked it.

Khervin G. artworks

What is keeping you here in Ilocos? Have you ever considered moving to another place for greener pastures?

There is no place like Ilocos. I prefer to live here.

What other things interest you?

Photography and reading books about the culture and politics of other countries.

What other things are you passionate about?

Animal welfare and animal rights.

Khervin's artframed work

Khervin shares some of his memorable moments…

Artwork by Khervin GallandezArtwork by Khervin GallandezArtwork by Khervin GallandezIn memoriam of Robin Williams by Khervin GallandezKhervin at Samtoy Books

and photos from his phone.

Photo by Khervin Gallandez 2Photo by Khervin Gallandez

Khervin Gallandez does tattoo design, portraits, abstract expression, illustration, colored pencil design calligraphy, logo design and more. Find him at his space at Topside Marketing, General Luna St., Laoag City or contact him through his numbers: 0916 7988904/ 0923 1227058, or his Facebook page (here).

All photos of Khervin Gallandez at his Topside studio by Blauearth
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Visual Artist Mike Kairuz Is So Back

Mike Kairuz

When I featured Ilocano visual artist Mike Kairuz in 2010 (here), it was after a random visit at his home. At the launch of his own exhibit at the Samtoy Books in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center last night, I was finally able to take photos of him and his art. I didn’t know he left his tools only to come back after four years of absence in the art scene. Once an artist, always an artist. But Mike’s got new verve.

Subjectwith Ilocano-Lebanese artist Mike KairuzKairuz "After Four Years" art exhibitBegin The Journey

If you look closely into the painting, Begin The Journey, you’d notice a woman with an umbrella, kind of resembling Imelda, and a Pablo Picasso-like figure on the other side. There’s also a calesa which could fit into the entrance of the legendary Laoag Sinking Bell Tower.

Mike has added a child to his tres Marias. He wishes to do an all black and white series next.

“Four Years After” Multiple Perspectives runs until the 12th of December.

Black and WhiteThe Fish Vendor  by Mike KairuzThe blogger/photog and the artistBloggers Unlimited

My blogger bestie, Marianne Gaces Pasion. We tend to meet  unexpectedly. She took some of the photos.

Thought Journals

Thought Journals!

Samtoy BooksPhoto by Marianne Pasion

It was nice to have met another artist, Nicole Rudio. I chanced upon her beautiful work at Samtoy Books in August.  I’m looking forward to meet with her again for a feature in the blog.

Gee Foronda DiarosGee Diaros and Mike Kairuz

I also got to meet the bookstore’s gracious manager, Gee Foronda Diaros.

Red and Blue

Complementing each other, Eric Cayetano is a musician/videographer. Aren’t they a lovely couple?

With Stella Gaspar

I’ve known Stella Gaspar since about 8 years ago, here in the net:) She’s all grown up.

Picture 2275Photo by Marianne G. PasionThat Dog
Photographed by Eugene, Gee, Marianne and Blauearth
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The Juan Luna Effect

“Genius has no country, genius burst forth everywhere, is like light and air — the patrimony of all; cosmopolitan as space, as life as God.” ~ the words of Jose Rizal to the Spaniards who belittled Juan Luna’s exceptional talents because of his brown skin.

In our time, the way to introduce Ilocano painter Juan Luna would go like this: a global talent, Pinoy Pride Juan Luna.

A pioneer in Philippine artistic expression, Juan Luna was the first Filipino artist to receive international recognition for his works. Visiting the restored Luna ancestral house in Badoc and viewing his masterpieces, albeit reproductions, was an amazing experience.

After the recent tragic hostage-taking incident, I was hurt that the world sees mediocrity as the new face of the Filipino people. Today, after studying Luna’s splendid artworks, artworks that were accomplished during the so-called frailocracy, it got through my head… there is so much hope, we can be a great nation again…

The high drama of the Spoliarium. It won the First Gold Medal in the Madrid exposition.
Brother Antonio Luna’s Katipunan uniform.
Juan Luna’s real bed which was retrieved from his Binondo residence.
Juan Luna had 445 artworks. A number of his original works were lost/damaged during World War II.
“Parisian Life” aka “Interior d’un Cafiwas bought by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for 46M at Christie’s auction in Hong Kong in 2002. The details in the chef d’oeuvre are extraordinary. The 1892 painting used to belong to the daughters of Katipunan heroes Julio Nakpil and Gregoria de Jesus. Chris Eduarte, the museum technician at the Juan Luna Shrine, says, “The woman might be the mirror image of the Philippines as seen in a map; Juan Luna was a sailor in his early years.”
“El Violinista” The broken string and the bare feet, if you notice, make it more dramatic. Some say that the boy must be his brother, Manuel, who was a violinist.
The boy is Andrés Luna de San Pedro, the only son of Juan Luna and Paz Pardo de Tavera. His sister, Bibi, died in infancy. Andrés, a painter and an accomplished architect (designer of the Arlegui House, the residence of former president Corazon Aquino during her term), was married to Grace Mcrae. The couple didn’t have a child.
Juan Luna with our beloved Jose Rizal and Valentin Ventura, who lent Rizal money for the publication of El Filibusterismo, the sequel to Noli Me Tangere.
Not Luna’s, but a reminder of our past.
An antique calesa of an unnamed doctor.
The Luna House was fully restored in 1977. Several pillars, made with lime and egg whites, are still the original.

but only if, synchronously, we throw into oblivion the monkey wrenching crab mentality and lift our hands up in the air and reach for the stars.

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