New ‘Frontiers’ with JOYA

Contemporary art gallery opens at Alphaland Makati Place

posted October 12, 2015 at 06:20 pm
by  Manila Standard Lifestyle

The Julian Ongpin Young Artists (JOYA) gallery has opened its door to art aficionados who are sure to appreciate the works of emerging international artists alongside a select stable of the country’s emerging and most inspired artistic talent. JOYA, which will cater to all demographics and represent artists of all ages and stations in life, is the brainchild of Julian Ongpin, who described himself as a “fanatical graffiti artist” when he was a teenager growing up in Sydney.

A cozy corner in the gallery with mounted magazine and newspaper articles

The son of business magnate Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin and the late Della Stone who was an avid collector of both Australian and Philippine Art, Julian’s love for art is not surprising since he is a direct descendant (on his paternal side) of Damian Domingo, the first great Filipino painter. His great-great grandfather Roman, who had an art supply shop called El 82, was a friend and patron of Filipino artists and also helped fund the revolution. Julian’s great grandfather Alfonso Ongpin is still renowned to this day for his impressive collection of Lunas, Hidalgos, Amorsolos and many other famous Filipino artists.

Gallery owner Julian Ongpin (left) with artist Henry Curchod


Italian Embassy's Antonio Gallo 
and Bobby Ongpin

“My father, Roberto, while not an artist in the normal sense of the word, maintains his hand through creating such wonders as Tagaytay Highlands, Alphaland Makati Place and the Balesin Island Club,” the young Ongpin notes.

Ramon Diaz and Babes Oreta

JOYA’s debut show, “Frontiers,” features the works of Australian Henry Curchod via a series called Reductions, and young Filipino photographer Artu Nepomuceno with his first abstract offering entitled Psychedelic Warfare.

The ribbon cutting with celebrities and art aficionados

Showcasing the different states of movement and tension within each artist’s collection, “Frontiers” seeks to highlight the differing stages of spiritual and emotional balance that have surfaced in the constantly changing landscape of people’s consciousness.

Photographer Artu Nepomuceno with one of his abstract pieces

The Julian Ongpin Young Artists gallery is located on the second floor of Alphaland Makati Place, corner Malugay and Ayala Avenue Extension, Makati. 

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