For commuters taking the LRT Purple Line at Araneta Center Cubao Station, travelling and art has become inseparable. Thanks to the innovative project spearheaded by the Light Rail Authority (LRTA) in partnership with the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP), LRTART 2009 has brought art closer to the people, at least to the LRT commuters.
Strategically located in the station’s spacious lobby near its entry and exit points where high traffic is expected from commuters, the art exhibit presents one hundred and fifteen selected works gathered from more than three hundred entries in LRTART 2009 National Painting Competition.
The paintings range from depictions of passengers boarding the LRT to abstract renditions of LRT’s role in nation building. Some paintings did not fail in catching our attention particularly recognizable styles of Vincent de Pio, Jerry Morada and Odette Cagandahan.
De Pio’s expressionist style depicts LRT passengers in classic Filipiniana while Jose Rizal peeking from the background.
Morada, who is known for his surrealism and figuration, shows a woman dressed in gold, silver and metallic red baro’t saya with the LRT rail as halo.
Odette Cagandahan’s self portrait in sepia shows the child-like expression in her painting.
Although differing in composition, style and technique, the exhibition is a collection of interpretations to the theme, LRT at ang Buhay Pinoy. It is a medley of opinions in visual form –a dynamic dialogue of images that encourage commuters to take a reflective pause and become familiar with the different artistic expressions of Filipino artists.