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August 2, 2012

Juvena Sanso's Exhibit - Breton Houses

The oeuvre in the current works of renowned painter and Modernist icon Juvenal Sanso can be seen as a new high point in the artist’s event filled life.

His latest exhibit, Breton Houses is a logical emotional progression in Sanso's creative journey which started from the darkness of his Black Period paintings, his strong expressionist paintings that arose from the trauma he experienced during the horrors of World War II.

It was only starting in the 1960s and not after spending twenty-four of the most meaningful summers in his life (from 1960-1984) at the home of Yves le Dantec and Agnes Roualt in the Brittany seacoast that Sanso, tortured as he had been from the pain of war, learned to calm his soul. From that tranquil period, Sanso moved on to paint another phase in his artistic career, or the period that art historians refer to as the artist's joyous period.

Just when the art community thought that Sanso had exhausted his inspiration, a little less than a decade ago, he presented a new series of works and introduced to the world his Moderno series. Moderno meant a return to his strong modernist roots, In these works, most of them revisiting vistas and landscapes he had seen in the past or places he had traveled to, Sanso gives a refreshing and much vitalized visual interpretation using highly exaggerated colors and compositions. Always succeeding in being several steps ahead even of himself, Sanso never fails to surprise everyone.

Breton Houses which starts on the 27th of July and runs until the 3rd of August 2012, will have a VIP night and an artist’s reception on the 31st of July, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. at the Archaeology Wing, 2nd Floor of the Power Plant Mall. He brings his Moderno series to a much higher level, preparing works that, with their stark honesty, bordering almost on the mystical.

The landscapes he creates and presents in "Breton Houses" are not to be viewed as specific paintings of particular houses in Brittany specially since Sanso is now painting mainly from his imagination and memory. Breton Houses are thus metaphors for the peace and tranquility he experienced during his stay on the north-western coast of France. The landscapes he paints today are part of his search for the idyllic, a soothing balm for the restless and tired spirit not only of artists but of the human psyche. In Breton Houses, Sanso paints the essence of calmness, painting what every man's dream of the perfect place should be.

Sanso re-explores the meaning of warmth and comfort that those twenty-four summers have meant for him, creating works based more on those feelings than any actual location. Thus his new works conform to these emotions ? of the idyllic place in one’s mind where one goes to relax - rather than a mere photocopy of an existing landscape. In this way, Sanso remains true to his expressionist ideals - relying on feeling and emotion to guide his steady, gifted hand.

Contact Details:
For inquiries, please call (63 2) 723-9418 or (63 2) 723-9253.
Power Plant Mall
Power Plant Mall

Rockwell Center
Lopez Drive, Barangay Poblacion
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday July 27, 2012 - Friday August 3, 2012

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