“UNDEFINED THOUGHTS of automatic impressions” is how painter Lizelle Ortigas speaks of her current exhibit at the Galerie Rawari of the Museum of Three Cultures of Capitol University.

For her show “Color Fields, A Call for Spontaneity” which opened last Sept. 24 and runs until end of October, Ortigas has produced one-of-a-kind prints using the Giclée process, fine art printing using inkjet. First the artist paints on a miniature sheet, then transfers it to lysonic paper.

The result is an exploration of colors presented in large scale Giclée format, capturing fine crisp grains, textures and fluidity that achieve the artist’s desired impact. Ortigas calls it “a new way of seeing,” a collaboration of spontaneous thoughts and medium, inspired from the abstract expressionism school.

Lizelle Pineda Ortigas is a native of Cagayan de Oro and Manila, a graduate of the UP College of Fine Arts and the Parsons School of Design in New York. She is a sixth-generation descendant of Damian Domingo, the foremost Filipino painter in Manila in the 1800s who started the Academia de Dibujo.

Ortigas was a professional graphics designer for fifteen years before she went full time into painting. She has had three major exhibits in Manila galleries from 1992-1994. For her fourth exhibit, Ortigas comes home to her native Cagayan de Oro City for the first time.

Her experience in the dual world of design and art has become an advantage to her background as an artist, being able to define and apply the theories and methodologies from both disciplines.

She believes that in both disciplines, one’s identity and ideals are not compromised. For this exhibit, Ortigas wants to take a leap towards new areas of disciplines that meld the traditional and technological processes of art, a way of keeping in pace with the fast changing times.

article from Phil. Daily Inquirer; photo by Bobby Lagsa of Gold Star Daily

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