As the saying goes, “patience is a virtue” and Jon Poblador knows this well. The Filipino American artist’s signature minimalist and monochromatic paintings often require “patience” to appreciate.
Poblador lived a nomadic life, having stayed in the Philippines, the US and China before settling in Hong Kong. This became a grounding source to dig deeper into his spirituality, a theme constantly present in his work.
As his solo exhibition, Sanctuary, opened at Soluna Fine Art, Poblador tells Tatler about his work, his love for minimalism and monochrome, and what he hopes visitors will take away from the show.
What inspired the name of the exhibition?
When we were putting the show together, the gallery and I considered words that would fit the themes in the work. I mentioned the feeling I’d like to create in the space. There is a quiet environment, produced by the reductive quality of my paintings. It is peaceful, sacred and reminds me of a small church.
Tell us about the pieces.
It’s a selection of artworks from the past few years; the oldest painting is from 2018. They are all painted on canvas; we wanted to emphasise the colour and geometry.