Our featured artist for National Heritage Month is Filipino painter Hope Baylon. Hope hails from Iloilo, Philippines, and is a visual art student at the Det Tverrfaglige Kunstinstitutt (The Interdisciplinary Art Institute). Her paintings titled “Maria at Esperanza” and “Victory” will be on display at the Embassy’s consular area for the month of May. In her paintings, Ms. Baylon notably applies the line repetition artistic style.
“Maria at Esperanza”, which interestingly is the Spanish translation of the artist’s name, is part of Ms. Baylon’s collection of portraits of women from all over the world. The collection, including the piece “Maria at Esperanza”, shows the beauty of women across time, and regardless of age, race, or ethnicity.
“Victory” shows the joyous triumph of Filipinos amidst historical battles and everyday adversity. The painting is a timely piece to celebrate the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines which marks the 500th anniversary of the Philippines’ role on the first circumnavigation of the world, the victory of Lapulapu in the Battle of Mactan, and the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines.
You can visit the following sites to view more of Ms. Baylon’s paintings:
Website - www.maryhopebaylon.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hopebaylonart/
Facebook account - https://www.facebook.com/maryhopebaylonart/
Hope would like to express her appreciation for her mentors Mr. Julio Silva, Mr. Rus Mesic, and Mr. Kenneth Blom, and her thanks for the support of her family and friends, both in the Philippines and in Norway.