The Red Tree Gallery is hosting the international Filipino artist Florence Cinco for the month of January.

The exhibition is formally opened on Saturday Jan 13th  at 2.00 and everyone is welcome to meet the artists and share a variety of food and drink.

The exhibition finishes on Jan 31st and is followed by local identity Jessie McLennan.

Florence met the owners of the gallery at an arts festival in Thailand several years ago and he has now taken the opportunity to come to Australia, work at the gallery and have a show of his works along with other Filipino artists resident in Melbourne.

Florence has recently organised an arts festival in the Phillipines and after his residency in Jindivick he goes to another festival in Thailand then on to a printmaking workshop in Japan before travelling to the USA for speaking engagements about his work and how it connects to pre Spanish Filipino culture Maharlika.

The art of Florence Cinco takes us into the pre-colonial Filipino world of warriors, spiritual beliefs and indigenous ritual practices. In 1995, after completing a fine arts degree at the University of San Carlos Technologist Center in Cebu City, he worked briefly for the Gaisana Advertising Group, before becoming a full-time artist. A change in direction came by chance after he performed a work which required him to sit and meditate in the lotus position. He spent the next two years studying meditation and spiritual practices with the Tantric monk Shrii Shrii Anandamutri which led him into the precolonial world of Maharlika which translates into English as “Great Spirit.” 

Based in Manila, Mr. Cinco is driven by an epic vision about Maharlikan culture, mythology and spirituality. He has made cultural awareness, environmental conservation and service to humanity as his mission. Fluent in local languages, including Visayan, Waray, Ilongo and Tagalog, his work is inspired by mediation practices, tribal peoples and warriors. He often uses scrap material for his artworks because it is cost efficient but also because it conforms to his beliefs about protecting the environment.

Mr. Cinco is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the Metrobank Art and Design Exellence (MADE) National Art Competition, Sculpture Category in 2004 and being awarded the Metrobank Art and Design Award in 2004 for sculpture, the Most Outstanding Samarnon Award for Visual Art in 2011, to name a few. He has held over 17 solo exhibitions and 59 group shows in the Philippines, Singapore, China, Thailand, South Korea, United States, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Laos and now Australia.

 Written by Dr Tony Donaldson for his book on south East Asian artists.

 Florence has been working in the shed making work since before xmas and he has met with several local and Melbourne artists. Florence’s work for this exhibition is mainly sculptural, repurposing steel scrap into objects of meaning and beauty, He is partnered in this exhibition by several artists of the Fame group (Filipino artists of Melbourne) including Do Noble who has exhibited at many local art shows.

Do Noble  “An artist whose colours trumpet their presence”

Image result for Do NobleWith the thought that artists travel to distant shores to gain vitality and colour in their work, Do Noble has come from that distant shore, The Philippines, and has already found his own extraordinary animated colour.

Do likens his strength of colour to an artist he admires, Paul Gauguin as a seeker of life in exciting colour.

Do, in giving another descriptive definition of his technique used the word ‘pointilism’ and called to mind  neo-impressionist Seurat’s tiny dots of colour, where Seurat using the ‘building blocks’ of impressionism and seeking the optical illussion of an atmosphere that moves, required the viewer’s eye to mix the colours at a distance.

Do said that the form in his paintings can be read at a distance or up close. his methodical strokes give a somewhat dappled appearance – ‘dappled to variegate with spots’, but ah! such variegation and such spots, with enough light shining through to make Renoir smile.

In musical terms, if pointilism’s dots can be as the tinkling of bells, then Do’s dabs perhaps can be said to be the vibrating clash of cymbals.

Do’s tapestry of life paintings are subjects on the beauty of life passionately sought out, captured initially by his own photography and then painstakingly painted in his rhythmic systematic style, in oil, oil pastel, water colour, pen and ink and pencil.

If some paintings ‘smile’, then Do Noble’s work ‘laughs’, both in subject and his intriguing use of colour and application.

In his colour perspective, Do said that sometimes he uses his strongest colour in the far distance and for the most important focal point, with cool colours for the foreground

Do graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Feati University in Manila, and his face lights up as he tell show fortunate he considers himself to be, to have been under the guidance of professor Ibarra de la Rosa.

It seems that this art master, whose own energetic exploration of his subjects, where he painted the same subject again and again from total realism right through to complete abstraction, inspired Do to achieve his fearless use of colour and inventive technique.

florence Cinco and The Fame artists of Melbourne

Ancestors Joel Magpayo - 2018
Ancestors Joel Magpayo
Autumn Scene Do Noble - 2018
Autumn Scene Do Noble
Bush Baby by Joel Magpayo - 2018
Bush Baby by Joel Magpayo
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Embossed series Jess Marasigan - 2018
Embossed series Jess Marasigan
Fiery Concerto by Do Noble - 2018
Fiery Concerto by Do Noble
Mighty Silhouette by gilbert Hernandez - 2018
Mighty Silhouette by gilbert Hernandez
Rural Melody Do Noble - 2018
Rural Melody Do Noble
Saha 1 - 2018
Saha 1

This piece is inspired by the tree roots and texture of some of the Australian trees. These are very similar to what I have seen back in the Phillipines.  I have interpreted these forms through the found materials at the gallery.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 10 Florence Cinco - 2018
saha 10 Florence Cinco

This repurposed old spade has direct links with cultivating the land and the x again suggests strength and purpose. The holes in the edges suggest decay and suggest a history and remind that this is an old material .



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 11 Florence Cinco - 2018 (SOLD)
saha 11 Florence Cinco

This old branding iron suggests ownership of animals. The form is also suggestive of young saplings and trees that these animals might have grazed on.The welded lump at the top has links to the texture of roots.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 12 Florence Cinco - 2018 (SOLD)
saha 12 Florence Cinco

This old gate hinge also suggests a tree form with broken roots. The gate hinge would have come from a farm where many trees were cleared to make grazing easier.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


Saha 13 florence Cinco - 2018
Saha 13 florence Cinco

This old engine muffler again suggests tree shapes and the small ragged end is reminiscent of bark hanging down. Probably an engine was used in some form to clear the land and there is an echo of the form of the removed with this piece which now also is derelict.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


Saha 14 Florence Cinco - 2018
Saha 14 Florence Cinco

This heavy old checkerplate suggests the skin of the trees, bark and texture.Tthe lumps I added to the ends are like the remnants of the branches .The x again suggests strength that is shown that even with such odd segments they still have integrity.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 15 florence Cinco - 2018
saha 15 florence Cinco

This is like a post used in house construction but I have added texture to the top to remind where the post came from, either roots( timber) or stones.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


Saha 16 Florence Cinco - 2018
Saha 16 Florence Cinco

The block suggests a seedling tray full of seedlings. I have used permanent materials to suggest the continuance of new natural life.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 17 florence Cinco - 2018
saha 17 florence Cinco

The tower form tapers in sections as the tree roots and the trees do with each part becoming thinner as it creates new life.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 2 florence Cinco - 2018
saha 2 florence Cinco

The form of this piece  is similar to the cross-section through the tree and the small shape in the middle is an accent to act as the centre of the tree.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 3 Florence Cinco - 2018 (SOLD)
saha 3 Florence Cinco

This piece is more about the texture of the tree even though I have used steel as the construction material.  I want to connect to nature through images of its variety and in this case the gnarled rugged form is like a branch  (sanga- maharlikan for branch)



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 4 Florence Cinco - 2018
saha 4 Florence Cinco

This piece still has the same rugged texture but I have left the base to suggest it is a part of a bigger construction.. as though it fits into a hole in the trees nature.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 5 - 2018
saha 5

This piece suggested a house construction with the roof and the keyhole and the triangle suggests also a strong foundation and I have attached root type texture at the base of the form to echo the roots of the trees and the foundations of the house.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 6 - 2018
saha 6

This piece is inspired by an Australian stone I saw at the entrance to the work shop. The hole is an accent in the stone and the X relates to human action on the material as part of building with natural materials.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 7 - 2018
saha 7

This block form suggested the foundation of a building and the textured section is like the roots of the trees interacting with the foundation form. We are all connected to nature as our foundation.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 8 Florence Cinco - 2018
saha 8 Florence Cinco

This heavy curved form suggests the natural form of the trees and the lumps I added to the ends are like the roots and growths on the trees in this country.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha 9 florence Cinco - 2018
saha 9 florence Cinco

This wall hanging has textural elements of dots along each side which not only adds to the appearance but is a construction element. So this is a construction suggesting how materials are used to build the foundations of a house. The x is suggestive of strong like a warrior, have no fear.



Found materials and welded construction made in Australia 2017


saha series 2 and 3 Florence Cinco - 2018 (SOLD)
saha series 2 and 3 Florence Cinco

I have used natural materials and textured metal on the canvas to extend my depiction of the natural world and how it creates patterns and interactions and how as humans we find delight and pleasure in their forms.



Found materials and canvas made in Australia 2017


saha series 4 and 5 Florence Cinco - 2018
saha series 4 and 5 Florence Cinco
Saha series no 1 florence Cinco - 2018 (SOLD)
Saha series no 1 florence Cinco

I have used natural materials and textured metal on the canvas to extend my depiction of the natural world and how it creates patterns and interactions and how as humans we find delight and pleasure in their forms.



Found materials and canvas made in Australia 2017