South of France is one of the most picturesque places in the world that inspired renowned masters of art such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and more.
I’m happy that we got to know Jerry Nabung, a Filipino conceptual artist in our neighbourhood. (Ronald Suelo, another artist from the world of photography, introduced him to us).
Trying his luck on the other side of the world in the search of a greener pasture, Jerry moved to France last 1998. But he realised that landing on a foreign land wasn’t that easy. Despite of his insatiable hunger for the arts, he had to set them aside to help make both ends meet. Eventually he became an assistant chef and met someone who revived his passion and took some painting lessons.
He now works as a chef and during his free time, he devotes himself doing what his heart desires – painting and creating conceptual arts, collages, assemblage or better known as installations.
After his first one-man exhibit called “Art Without Rules” at MUSE AAV Place Garibaldi in Nice, France last October 2011, he successfully re-showcased his works at Nice Ville and Monaco before the year ended.
These are few of my favourites from his latest exhibit:
He calls this mixed collage “The X-Factor”. He used onion and garlic skin (cool chef-artist, eh?) with real Chanel pencil eyeliner, a little acrylic paint on a panel and covered it with resin as a protection from discoloration. This was the first artwork he’s done in France in 1999 and it took him six months to finish.
The next is called “Assemblage” where Jerry used coffee powder, pieces of plywood, galvanized iron wire, synthetic twine and acrylic paint on panel. Everything is made from re-purposed materials. That’s more I like it :-)
“The History of Art” is a mixed media collage where Jerry chose twenty six of his favourite artists (some are mine too) from the Art history, from High Renaissance period to Mordern Contemporary, that influenced him. He picked one of their works, printed them and made a collage.
And of course, last but not the least, “MarKat”. Mark and I are simply touched for receiving a surprised personalized mixed media collage from him. It now hangs on our living room.
After his last exhibit at Monaco last December 5, 2012 sponsored by Honorary Consul Patricia Zobel de Ayala, you can catch Jerry at art fairs with other local-based artists in the French Riviera. Indeed, another Pinoy pride!
Jerry is also featured at Juan in EU :-)
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