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Monday, October 7, 2013

371 Art Space: Gods from Machines!

10.07.2013 – For every artist growing up there will always be an inspiration or a drive that would push their imagination to achieving that goal. Sometimes it’s just about being passionate in drawing your favorite anime or cartoon.

Joseph “Jay” Valente is one of those aspiring artists who have been doing fine art. Last Saturday he had launch his second solo show featuring some of the most influential Japanese animations from his childhood. These where from the Super Robots of the 1970s and Filipinos who grew up in this era would quickly associate them.

The concept was easy to catch everyone’s attention from a far. Jay says the monochromatic theme is described from his memories as child in black and white while the shades of red is simply the ones you’ll never forget like Getter Robot’s cape or Daimos’ red accents. The brush stroke clearly shows his style of work and captures the essence of his childhood watching these shows on VHS format.

His style is clean, crisp, and clear that makes these iconic characters fleshed out from Jay’s memory. He claims not having formal training but only a minor chance to study drawing under Arnold Arre during his grade school years.

Valente already has the talent he only honed his passion for the arts and started painting as he shares his portfolios. His first solo show was featured in the previous Manila Art gallery event having vintage cars as its main theme. But this time he gets to do something rarely done by contemporary artists whom he draws characters from Japanese animation from the 1970s and 1980s.

The theme ranges from Super Robots that features Daimos, Voltes V, Mazinger (Jay admits he forgotten his wings until it was set for exhibit), Getter Robot and other famed mecha animes from the 1970s to well-known creatures and interesting characters like No-Face, Gundam, Zaku, Mach 5 (Speed Racer), Gunships, Astro Boy, Kineida’s Futuristic Bike (Akira), and Totoro. Not to forget Captain Harlock’s ship and the famous Yamato battle cruiser all for your visual viewing pleasure.

If you’re in the area you’ll never miss the set pieces that are quite eye catching for those who are familiar with the Japanese popular culture through their animation.

The exhibit runs for two weeks at the 371 Art Space located inside The Collective in Malugay Street, Makati City.

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