Philippine Art

Arts of the Philippines cover a variety of forms of entertainment. Folk art and Primitive art consist of classic and modern features that flourished as a result of European and Indigenous influences

Folk Art
‡ 17th century during the Spanish period ‡ Earliest paintings: religious imagery ‡ 19th and 20th century : mixture of religious, political and landscape artworks (sweetness, dark, and light)

Folk Art
‡ Some Early Modernist Painters
Damian Domingo ± religious and secular paintings Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo ± showed a trend for poitical statement Fernando Amorsolo ± used postmodernism that illustrated Philippine culture, nature and harmony Fernando Zóbel ± used realities and abstract on his work.

Examples of Paintings by Early Modernist Painters

The Blood Compact by Juan Luna
Painting of Señora del Santissimo Rosario by Damian Domingo

Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho by Felix Hidalgo

Fruit Gatherer by Fernando Amorsolo


Boy with kite by Fernando Zobel

Itneg and Mindanao Tribal art
ITNEG tribes: ‡ intricate weaving production ± binakol is a blanket which features optical illusion designs a.) Ga'dang tribes ± bright red tones ; beaded ornamentations b.) Ilongot ± jewelry from pearl, red hornbill beak, plants and metals.

Itneg and Mindanao Tribal art
‡ MINDANAO tribes: ± ± ± ± B'laan, Mandaya, Mansaka and T'boli skilled in art of dyeing abaca fibre Ikat ± fibre dyeing method Ikat textiles are woven into geometric patterns with human, animal and plant pictorial themes.

Kut-kut art
‡ A technique combining ancient Oriental and European art process ‡ considered lost art and highly collectible art form. ‡ practiced by the indigenous tribe of Samar Island

Kut-kut art
‡ an exotic Philippine art form based on early century techniques ± sgraffito ± Encaustic ± layering. ‡ The merging of these ancient styles produces a unique artwork characterized by delicate swirling interwoven lines, multi-layered texture and an illusion of three-dimensional space.

Examples of Kut-kut art

‡ Two main artistic-styles: ± Curve-line woodcarving (women) ± Metalworking called okir (men) ‡ Tausug and Sama-Bajau ± boat-like imagery ‡ Maranaos make similar carvings ± on housings called torogan

‡ Weapons made by Muslim Filipinos are skillfully carved

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