Filipina artist Ela Andal paints a childish throwback in her latest works

As much as we hate to say it, we never really part with the childish things when we grow up. Stacking Legos, though still fun, is now a way for us to meditate or channel our creative side. Learning how to eat certain vegetables is still a phase many matured people are still trying to surpass. And watching cartoons is always a viewing pleasure we never can seem to un-love. 

While wishing we could go back to our young and carefree days doesn’t take us anywhere, seeing our cartoon heroes in action still gives that instant experience that transports us back to our days of munching snacks in the living room, laughing to every “boom” and “bang” of the cartoon without an ounce of care in the world. 

That is what Filipina artist Ela Andal wants to capture in her new paintings, the wonder and joy that comes from our favorite cartoon shows. In the group exhibit dubbed “Playful Minds,” the artist puts these cartoon heroes front and center, aiming “to inspire others in giving their best in everything that they do, just like a child.”

“Everyday life experiences and my colorful childhood is where I get my inspiration,” Ela says. “I render it to my canvas to create a wonderful masterpiece.”

Inspired by the works of pop artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Ela paints her beloved animated characters such as Bart Simpson, Astroboy, Richie Rich, Voltes V, and Mickey Mouse, making out vibrant and fun canvases. She sets these characters on backgrounds that mirror vandalism, a note of childish mischief, that echoes the impact of artists Banksy and Alec Monopoly in her art.

“We don’t stop playing because we grew old. We grow old because we stopped playing,” she muses. “These are the things we enjoyed during our younger years and are still enjoying up to the present. It doesn’t mean that we don’t mature. For me, there’s always a kid inside of us.”

“Playful Minds” is a three-man exhibit by Ela together with artists Arth Chavez and Archie Sumilang, and is up for viewing at R Gallery in Quezon City. Set a private viewing by messaging on Instagram.

Source: Manila Bulletin (