The art of Tony Mahilum has always borne a light-hearted air — a whimsicality in the busyness, a sense of fulfillment in the toils. In this work, we are welcomed into one of Mahilum’s archetypal landscapes.
The streets, teeming with people, exhibit no sense of chaos nor disorder — not a single shroud of gloom nor angst present in the work. In the near-utopic composition, the market scene is lit up with a very Filipino brilliance redolent of the tropical sun. The populace contently, if not happily, enjoying the day’s events as they go about their seemingly perfect lives in the idyll.