Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez held his second exhibit titled When Evening Comes at the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
The actor-turned-politician held his first solo exhibit titled Surface at the same venue back in December 17, 2017.
When Evening Comes features abstract paintings he worked on this year.
“2018 lahat ito,” said Goma, Richard's nickname.
“Ginagawa ko kasi, pag may free time na ako sa gabi, then that’s the time I paint. Or pag masarap naman yung tulog ko, paggising ko sa umaga, yun lang yung time of day na nagtatrabaho ako for painting.
“Either I wake up early in the morning, nagpipintura ako. Kasi gusto ko, tahimik, e, walang taong gumagalaw.
“'Tapos sa gabi, wala na ring tao, tulog na lahat. Ako na lang mag-isa ang gumagawa.”
Goma said he still has paintings at home, but they don't fit in with this collection's theme.
He continued, “Ano lang, enjoy lang talaga ako. Once may matapos akong trabaho, nakatago lang lahat. Nasa stock room.”
Goma's 15 paintings were immediately sold out that night. Only one painting was "not for sale," and already reserved for his wife, Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez. The painting was aptly titled, "She Said, Mine!"
Most of the paintings in the When Evening Comes collection feature Ormoc City's night sky. Meanwhile, four of them feature the ocean in Siargao.
Goma explained, “One time kasi, kami ni Lucy, in-invite kami sa Siargao. We went there overnight. Ang ganda-ganda ng tubig ng Siargao.
“So, pag-uwi ko ng Manila, na-inspire ako... so, right away, right there and then, nagtrabaho agad ako.”
Goma showed this writer the videos from his cellphone taken while he was painting the Siargao-inspired artworks.
“Pag-uwi ko, tinira ko agad siya. I used ink and acrylic.
“Eto, o, brush ang ginamit ko dyan. Pero most of the works na gawa ko, karamihan, spatula. Eto... sa Ormoc ko ginagawa ito lahat.”
We asked Goma about the price range of his creations for this particular exhibit.
He answered, “Iyong iba, nasa 150 [thousand pesos]. Iyong iba, over 200. Depende kung ano ang size.”
Both of Goma's exhibits had a charitable component and had beneficiaries.
“Iyong first ko na ginawa, para sa mga bata [sa Ormoc]... mabigyan sila ng playground,” Mayor Goma explained.
“This time... mga mura lang ‘to...”
Just the same, part of the proceeds from this exhibit will benefit his Ormoc constituents.
Goma recently posted on social media his visit to a secluded area in Ormoc.
“Ang layu-layo noon!” he said. “Ang layo! First time na may nagpuntang mayor doon sa lugar nila. Liblib talaga! Siguro, over a kilometer na nilakad yon.”