March 6, 2012

Intensity

farmer with bolo, a Carlito Ortega bronze sculpture in progress
When Carlito Ortega is still working on one of his sculptures, it looks like an amalgam of sooty ash and gold.

Carlito Ortega demonstrating his bronze welding
Carlito is a sculptor who works in welded bronze and steel, and whose inspiration comes from Filipino folklore, labor, customs and traditions. He opens his home and workshop in San Pablo, Laguna to visitors during weekends, where he willingly talks about and demonstrates his creative process.

Carlito Ortega's bronze sculpture of Jesus on the cross
Carlito said that this bronze sculpture of Jesus on the cross will be a gift to a friend. He also said that whether his friend will like it or not is another matter altogether. Carlito's style is intense, and I can understand that it is not to everyone's liking.

I would love to see his sculpture of the farmer when it's done. Yes, that unfinished sculpture in the first photo is of a Filipino farmer with a hooked bolo (Carlito called it by a certain word, which I can't remember, unfortunately). Did you think it was a warrior, like I did? If you want to see more of his finished sculptures, visit this album. I have to say: I love his work.

10 comments:

Sey said...

Yes, I thought the image on the first was that of a warrior. Even the image on the cross looks like a warrior too.

Olivier said...

j'aime bien la photo du sculpteur en action

Lowell said...

I'm not sure about the end result but it must have been fascinating watching him work. Three-dimensional creativity is beyond my pay grade!

NixBlog said...

What wonderful, energetic art Carlito creates. Thank you for showing it to us with your fine photos.

Honest Abe said...

I would enjoy watching him at work.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How fantastic to watch a sculptor at work Hilda, I must admit that when I was photographing the sculptures on the beach, I did find myself wondering exactly how the process worked.

Cezar and Léia said...

He is very talented and I would love visiting his atelier.Thanks so much for this wonderful reportage!
hugs
Léia

VP said...

He has style and imagination!

AB said...

I like these!

JERICHO said...

I personally visited the artist and he is just great. You also have good blog. Thanks for sharing this.

-Jericho