ON WORKS OF A MASTER ARTIST
By: Jeannie E. Javelosa The visual arts is the truest physical expression of Man’s values, beliefs and culture. It reflects in form and color the state of humankind’s consciousness in that time. Many have expressed art through the generations but the existing art today that still stands, are recognized as national and international treasures of the world, have the mastery and perfection, the refinement of style, philosophical and powerful meanings and themes, dynamic innovations and majestic proportions. These are the masterpieces of our world and our race. These major art pieces are created by Artists of significance, artist who, through time, are able to present a changing body of work...
THE PIONEERING STYLE CREATING IMPACT ON SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS OF ARTISTS
Described in the 60s and 70s as "avant garde", Castrillo was known as the country's forerunner in all-metal (bronze and brass) sculpture mixed with non-traditional media such as plexiglass, neon lights, ivory and wood. He experimented and produced works in various art modes he called the hammer-out reliefs, movables, environmental works, religious monuments and ritual functional pieces, gallery pieces, functional pieces, sculpture couture, commemorative medallions all done in dazzling ranges of metal finishes: oxidized bronze, polished brass, chrome-plated steel, rusty iron, polymer coat etc. The wide variety, materials, modes of techniques, attest to the Filipino artistic genius of Castrillo.
Castrillo's prolific output of more than four decades includes not just nationalist and historical monuments but environmental art, abstract pieces in the round (soft and hard-edged), functional art pieces, art jewelry and body sculptures, liturgical arts, and hammer-out bar relief murals with strong messages of social issues.
QUOTE OF THE ARTIST
"I never compromise my idea by conforming to the limitations of metal…despite the high technology involved in sculpture, I often have to innovate. The problem of making high sculptures is often in the area of engineering which could indeed by quite restricting. So I see to it that my aesthetics is not hampered by any technicality in metalcraft or in the construction of the metal structures."