Aside from his representational works of mystic landscapes and fantastic flora, the abstract works of Juvenal Sansó are another aspect of the illustrious modern master’s career.
In his abstract works, Sansó used stamping, watercolor washes and inks blots.
Sansó’s abstraction is evident in his textile designs. The painter’s themes acknowledged the several families of patterns among textile designers: florals, geometrics, conversational, even pop art, art deco and ethnic. His textiles formed the core of his creative opus that typified the forward-looking postwar era look.
Companies like the Italian Bianchini Ferier and the Swiss Synergie became his patrons. But his most significant success was when he was commissioned to do an entire collection for the House of Balenciaga, the biggest name in fashion in the 1960s. It printed his designs in silk for an entire line of scarves, textiles and other fashion accessories. Galerie Stephanie will be presenting some of the exceptional paintings in his collection of textile designs which he made from 1958 to 1968. The paintings are the main feature in the exhibit, “Explorations: Textile Designs (1958-1968), Cliché Verre and Abstract Paintings,” which will run Feb. 26 to March 11. —CONTRIBUTED Exhibit reception is on March 6, 6:30 p.m. Galerie Stephanie, 4/F East Wing in Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. E-mail [email protected].