When life hits us with heats of pressuring situations such as deceit and defeat, mistakes and misfortunes, risks and disappointments, our human tendencies challenge us if we will sink to rock-bottom or rise to discover the best in us.

Once again in their second exhibit together titled Under Pressure, the Alarcon brothers- Ejem, Aldrine, Didier, and Luke, bring each of their distinctive painting style into a collaboration that utilizes visual art as an avenue for introspection and inspiration.

Chasing Happiness by Fitz Herrera, Ejem Alarcon, Bryan Yabut, & Michael Villagante

A vibrant color, a night of full moon, the sound of a voice of a loved one, triumph beyond hardships, confessions of love, a fulfilment of dream - life is a canvass of innumerable moments of joy. In a world where happiness is a fleeting feeling, would not one trade even your own shooting star if only to let the heart race deeply in a trance of delight?

In another breakthrough art exhibit by R Gallery, witness how the strokes of brush and the palettes of color capture not only the delight of being able to create a masterpiece but also to immortalize moments of merriness within the core of an artwork.

This is what one can expect in this collaborative show by artists - Ejem, Fitz, Michael, and Bryan. As complex as it may seem given the combination of their varied styles from abstract to figurative approach to contemporary and pop art, their deep passion for visual art and the elements of their work in this show will surely bring one to contemplate within the silent corner of the heart…

How far will you go to chase happiness?

Luke Alarcon's 214

Artist Luke Alarcon, has been known to express his love for painting, by replicating classical themed pieces at a very young age. He was inspired by the stories and diverse techniques that were used by old masters.

His new piece called 214, was inspired by John Singer Sargent, who is known to be the leading portrait artist of his generation. Luke represented his piece to pronounce a statement of a face, which is both significant and puzzling at the same time, requiring a deep appreciation to recognize the feeling within it.

The tale behind its title (214) is regarding a song with a promise of love, and in connection with the composition, of a stage of a person’s life as an elderly, being with each other regardless of its entirety.

Promises: 2018 Year-end group exhibition

Witness R Gallery’s biggest show for 2018 with its year-end special art exhibit!

Catch the opening of Promises, a show that features more than 60 Filipino artists for a grand showcase of varying Philippine contemporary art on December 11 at 6PM.


Creating realistic miniature clay and cartoon characters using polymer clay is Klaris’ first venture in the art scene. She was fond of challenging her skills by creating an exact model of any subject, keen to the accuracy of details.

Klaris was later on familiarized with globally popular designer toys such as Kaws and Bear-brick. She was then introduced to some Filipino toy artists, who later on became her inspiration for the Off White Lady.

Off White Lady is mainly influenced by the Filipino folklore, White Lady, a long-haired female ghost dressed in white reportedly seen lurking in a street in the Philippines, haunting vehicles crossing it. Sadako, a Japanese Horror Film character inspired the Off White Lady’s hair.

From a popular Filipino Horror character, Klaris turned the White Lady into a modern, edgy yet cute toy. To add more to the contemporary feel of the toy, she then started creating them in urban streetwear fashion, conceiving a hype beast modern toy from an old urban legend.

Uncomfortable Comfort by Joel Chavez, JM Saycon, & Thirdy Bustamante

Uncomfortable comfort is a powerful oxymoron. It brings to light a phenomenon where something aesthetically enthralling burst forth from unimaginably appalling. This is where contradictions are celebrated and ironies are breathe with energies. This is art and no art at the same time. This is simplicity and banality converged with the complex, pastiche and the extraordinary. The sacred crossed paths with the profane. The featured artists are rebels of sorts who struggle to break from the boring traditions and the highly repulsive academic painting—-where rules and principles of perspective, proportion, symmetry, color harmony and composition are prisons rather than arsenals for creativity.

The artists cut their ties from what is comprehensible, predictable and obvious. Instead of exuding a single voice, their works eloquently shout with multitude of noises and melodies—-sometimes lyrical, fuzzy, or even anarchistic distortions. Each artist’s idiosyncrasies are given a wide ground to flourish and thrive. No limits. No boundaries. No rules. Just artistic impulses. Notwithstanding the heterogeneity and the individualities, the amazingly beautiful with the collaboration of the three contemporary Filipino artists is the homogeneity of significations of all their artworks when viewed within a single space-time continuum. The show gives the audiences the freedom to uncover metaphors, visual or otherwise. It offers them the chance to speculate, philosophize, scrutinize, and participate in a discourse, albeit in the most imaginary manner. (Haringlupa)