Art has long been a passion of businessman Enrique Razon, and much of it is on display at Solaire Resort and Casino. Through the recently launched coffee-table book, “Solaire: The Art & Design Collection,” one can get a glimpse of its chair’s collection.
Since the integrated destination resort opened in 2013, the works of numerous artists have occupied many spaces, providing color and excitement for hotel guests and visitors. Perhaps its most visible and recognizable is the primary-colored “Sabel” sculpture by National Artist BenCab on prominent display near the Waterside restaurant.
The book published by ArtPost Asia trains the spotlight on just a fraction of the resort’s vast collection. Select works by 53 Filipino artists are included in the book inspired by the art collection of Razon, who has long championed Filipino artists.
“We all know the ultimate way to appreciate art is to see the real thing, and we have the opportunity to come right up to many of the art and design pieces that are on display,” said ArtPost Asia founding director Tina Colayco during the launch.
“The next best thing would be to appreciate art through the book that contains more than 3,000 artworks and design pieces.”
Colayco said the book provides a “broad blueprint, with works from leading luminaries in the Philippine art scene to overseas based Filipino artists and to young emerging names in the local art community.”
She pointed out how many of the featured pieces reference the sun and the play of light and shadows. “After all, ‘solaire’ means sun and air.
“The chapters in the book are based on how life changes in the frame of a single day in Solaire—from early morning light with an intensity that builds up through the day, and ending with the dramatic lights of the night,” Colayco said.
As the book was unveiled, a quintet played “Follow the Sun,” the resort’s theme commissioned by Solaire and composed by Moi Ortiz of The Company.