Wilwayco’s bach-inspired oeuvre

‘Magnificat Opus 2’ #28 oil on canvas, 56 x 48 inches 2020 Private Collection. / painting by Edwin Wilwayco

Luke 1:46–55, known as the Canticle of Mary, inspired Johann Sebastian Bach’s Baroque musical composition “Magnificat.” It has been part of the Catholic Vespers services since the early days.

Written in 1723, “Magnificat” is the first major liturgical composition on a Latin text by Bach.

Modern and contemporary painter Edwin Wilwayco puts his own visual representation to Bach’s powerful choral work with “Magnificat Opus 2,” a series of paintings that take stylistic modes of Renaissance and Baroque period into one.

“Magnificat Opus 2” uses color, texture and line to be its voices to speak to viewers. This set of oeuvre allows individual contemplation and freedom of opinion, liberating its viewers to a spiritual exaltation.

Wilwayco retains his signature style, American Abstract Expressionism, while keeping the paintings parallel to the essence of the canticle. Marion blue with shades of yellow are the standard hues of the “Magnificat” series.

Wilwayco is far from over in using music as subject and foundation of his works. He has also been inspired by the compositions of August Dvorak, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Schubert and Scherzo.

His latest solo exhibition for “Magnificat Opus 2” opens at the ground floor of the Corinthian Plaza at Paseo de Roxas in Legaspi Village on 18 September. It is held in collaboration with DF Art Agency.

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