I was feeling a bit down last Sunday, since my husband left for another year of toll in Saudi Arabia. Although he left, he encouraged me to go to an event to keep me busy, I was privileged enough to get an invitation to the tour of the exquisite exhibit of Plates and Scrolls by the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students at The Block Atrium. the actual exhibit is open to the public until February 12, but on that Sunday they had 37 out of the 43 artists and students to reveal the stories behind the art works.
The exhibit, which kicked off on January 15 at The Block’s Atrium, features over 100 beautifully designed hand-painted scrolls and 144 plates from Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.
The centerpiece highlights a grand Chinese pagoda accentuated with Chinese oil painting of Koi fishes, which symbolize success, prosperity, longevity, courage, ambition and perseverance.
It was also Jose Chan Lim who got the family interested in visual arts and painting. He mastered and preferred painting in oil but the Chan Lim siblings embraced their Chinese roots and learned how to use a Chinese brush on rice paper as early as 11 years old.
Surprisingly, none of the Chan Lim Family members have degrees related to the arts. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are licensed engineers and connected with multinational companies representing various industries. Innovation is an important focus area for the family. Coming from different fields and industries, the family was able to create artworks with fans, lanterns, scrolls, and porcelain plates as their canvas.
The celebrations at SM City North EDSA also coincided with family patriarch Chan Lim or to his students Angkong’s 80th birthday. Chan Lim is the name used by the family patriarch in signing all his artworks. The name is formed by combining the last names of the siblings’ parents.
The guest were treated to a guided tour of the artwork by the artist themselves. I was part of the group that went around with Angkong as he shows off his work. According to Angkong, they not only paint canvass, porcelain and scrolls. They also have artworks painted on fans and lanterns.
Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lims have conducted numerous art workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. Members of the family have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally. The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the Philippines today. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad.
I noticed that a majority of their art shows flora, fauna, landscapes and animals. The Chan Lim family imbued their art their great love for nature and the environment.
You can still catch the Chan Lim Exhibit at the SM The Block Atrium up to Feb 12th.
Art classes are conducted in the family studio/gallery located in Pasig City.
Check out their official website : http://www.chanlim.com/
Email them :firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time!