The Mustard Seed: A New Collection by Marcel Antonio, opening at The Gallery on April 3

New symbols to decipher from one of the country’s most important painters


( Symbolism is serious business, and although we encourage people to have fun with art, there are certain exhibits that prompts us to be somber. Marcel Antonio’s upcoming exhibit, The Mustard Seed, demands that the audience carefully inspect the elements on his paintings.


Antonio has been lauded as one of the country’s foremost expressionists, but his new collection is the first step towards a new direction in style. Although traces of his trademark symbols will still be found, the art is slowly transforming from screeching tantrums of a frustrated persona to into a more quiet fear. From doing solo exhibits while he was still a sophomore in the UP College of Fine Arts to participating in group shows in Europe as he established his name as an artist, Antonio continues to explore inward to find new ideas to capture on canvas.



Essays can be written over a single stroke in an expressionist painting, and hardcore critics can stand in front of a masterpiece for hours, debating on why the color yellow represents the anguish of human existence when placed in contrast with a bolder color-but to enjoy the Antonio’s work, you need only to pay a quick visit to The Gallery at Greenbelt 5 from April 3 to 5 and see things with your own eyes.



Perhaps an understanding of the concept of ennui or an attraction towards self-effacement will prove valuable in understanding that the owls in Antonio’s paintings are probably not related to the hipster movement. However, a fundamental appreciation for something done with careful thought will help you get by.


The Mustard Seed opens on April 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. at The Gallery, 2/F Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center, Makati City. The show will run from April 3 to April 6, 2014.

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