WATCH: A Visit To Artist Gregory Halili's Room of Treasures
This artist's work is acquired by some of the world's most discerning collectors and museums. In this video, He shows us his own collection of art and artifacts.
One of today’s artists to watch is Gregory Halili. Known for his miniature works on capiz and mother of pearl shells, this artist has represented the Philippines in several platforms, from art fairs to biennales. In the 2016 edition of the Singapore Biennale, An Atlas of Mirrors, Halili presented Karagatan, a 50-piece installation of miniature oil paintings on mother of pearl, depicting the eyes of fisherfolk he has met around the Philippine archipelago. It is work that Joyce Toh, Senior Curator of the Singapore Art Museum, calls “moving” and “precious.” Most recently, Halili’s works on capiz shells were presented by the National Museum.
In this episode of Favorite Spaces, Halili welcomes viewers into the living room of the home he shares with his two daughters and his wife, Monique. Here, he keeps his treasures, art work by some of his peers, all luminaries in the contemporary Philippine art scene. There’s a lightbox by Nona Garcia, depicting the image of St. Vincent Ferrer. Next to it is a painting by Soler Santos. Kawayan De Guia and Riel Hilario’s sculptures have a home in this room, too, along with a Geraldine Javier wax painting and one of the Aquilizans’ Fruitjuice Factory ceramic sculptures. A birthday gift to the artist by Ling Quisumbing is among these treasured works that find themselves in the company of older Filipino artifacts such as a kulintang from Mindanao and a rare bulul.
An eclectic selection of furnishings complement the art collection in this space: modern leather chairs inherited from Monique’s aunt; an old table that the artist himself repaired in the kintsugi tradition of repairing and emphasizing an object’s flaws with gold, bringing out its beauty; and a medicine cabinet he found in Quezon City. “I usually rotate artworks around usually once or twice a year. This space gives me a sense of calmness and peace surrounded by the artworks I love and cherish,” the artist says.
Before the space takes on another look on his next art rotation, watch the tour of his living room here: