Jim Orencio reaches into the heart of the
turmoil of everyday life and clarifies it for us.
His work is clearly influenced by the powerful
traditions of the nation’s folk art, which adds
significantly to its relevance.
The townscape is energized by the random
meanderings of faceted strokes that
negotiate through the details of the traditional
architecture of the houses, injecting an
element of earthy vibrancy in an otherwise still composition. The shadows under the roof eaves and under the crowds of people hold the
abstracted townscape together.
Based in Antipolo City, Rizal, Jim Orencio is best known in the Philippine art scene as a masterful artist of landscapes, but his work has since
diverged into abstraction, collage and lyrical figurative paintings of Filipiniana such as this town scene, but landscape painting has always been a
constant. The houses seem captured at different times of day — as a nod to the impressionists whose emphasis was on light — the houses are
suggested as solid and traditional, the street filled with human presence and intervention. Through his works, Orencio aims to simultaneously
warn and advocate people the beauty and danger of the landscape. In the recent years, he has emphasized the genre of landscape as an
exemplary action parallel to his ecological advocacies.