Last weekend we visited Antipolo for the Gawad Kalinga art auction at Pinto gallery. The art was a bit off my price radar, but I was tempted by a painting of a piano and pianist by Pedro Garcia; I hope it found a good home.
A couple of years ago I bought a painting of a cocktail party by Garcia (below). As you can see, he goes for warm colors, which gives his works an intimate and cozy feel—see, for example, the conspiratorial (or gossiping?) group to the right of the painting. The painting is above our collection of jazz CDs and I often stand before it, glass in hand, wishing I could glide in among the guests eavesdropping on their chit-chat.
I liked the cocktail party painting so much I also bought a smaller piece by Garcia (below)—I love its sense of abandonment.