19
Oct
2021

Allan Ancheta’s First Book “Fusion” Launches, Promotes Local Artists and the Wonders of Art Collecting

Art collector Allan Ancheta releases his first book entitled Fusion, taking readers through the wonders of appreciating and collecting pieces, especially in a time when art can bring solace amidst the pandemic. Launching his book on Manila FAME’s new digital event FAME+ MarketDays from October 20-22, Ancheta showcases artworks by Filipino talents featured in The Cabinet at Canterbury, an art gallery he built with his wife Jas Ancheta inside their home in Manila.

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An exploration of the arts, self, and environment. An essential book for art enthusiasts and collectors alike, Fusion takes readers through the wonders of appreciating Filipino talent and collecting artworks.

Fusion is an exploration of the arts, self, and environment. In learning more about the lives of the local artists and the contexts of their art, we go beyond what we see and gain a deeper appreciation of their work. This is a crucial step for those who wish to start their own collection. One’s environment also plays an important role, as these artworks bring spaces into life and can transform a place into a cabinet of curiosities,” says Ancheta.

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Passion into practice. Art collector Allan Ancheta guides readers through the how-to’s of art collecting and showcasing artworks by Filipino talents featured in The Cabinet at Canterbury, an art gallery he built with his wife Jas Ancheta inside their home in Manila.

Ancheta spotlights artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, promoting the diversity of the local art scene. He features the emotionally driven abstract works of Ben-Hur Cabana, who was trained by accomplished painter and printmaker Romulo Olazo. Alongside Cabana is Khristina Manansala’s art inspired by childhood memories and religious themes, reminiscent of the works of her grandfather Vincent Manansala, a legendary cubist painter. Conveying human truth and the arts’ role in the country, the works of Nixxio Castrillo, son of the late Eduardo Castrillo, is also included in the collection among the many other brilliant artists in the gallery.

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The Fusion of art, stories, and spaces. Allan’s love for the arts and his wife Jas’ expertise in interior design has turned The Cabinet at Canterbury into a memorable melding of arts and design.

A significant milestone in his mission to advocate for Filipino artists, Ancheta launches his book through FAME+, a community and platform where exhibitors, buyers, stakeholders, as well as the design industry’s finest manufacturers and artisans, gather to champion local talent.

The Fusion of art, stories, and spaces

In his book, Ancheta details his early influences and highlights the importance of choosing pieces that speak to the collector. Then working for the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), his late father Pio Ancheta, once took him to the Venice Biennale exhibition in Italy. It was through his father that he met Filipino National Artists Arturo Luz and Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera.

Drawing inspiration from his personal journey, Ancheta became more interested in the arts during his visits to his great grandfather’s collection of European artworks, nestled in his massive library in Baguio. Now a management consultant and a head of a pharmaceutical company, Ancheta continues to pursue his passion through his growing compendium of books and artworks.

Allan and Jas Ancheta’s exposure to various destinations around the world played an important role in the making of The Cabinet at Canterbury. Their sense of art, curation, and interiors were greatly inspired by their visits to museums such as The Louvre, British Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Musee D’ Orsay, Hanseatic Museum, and other Cabinets of Curiosities.

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The making of a gallery. Allan started his collection with a ceramic Japanese Kabuki mask he purchased from his brother. He then amassed up to 50 Asian, African, Aztec, Polynesian, European and Filipino masks, followed by a collection of artworks now displayed at the gallery.

Guiding readers through the how-tos of collecting, Ancheta also emphasizes that aside from their significance, the pieces must complement the color and form of the gallery’s interiors. His love for the arts and his wife Jas’ expertise in interior design has turned The Cabinet at Canterbury into more than just a wonder-room, but also a memorable melding of arts and design.

“In The Cabinet at Canterbury, our philosophy of fusing Art and Interiors is clearly displayed by these two rules. Most of the artwork displayed in the gallery reflects a possibility of expressing personal tastes and preferences, but also serves as a possible complement to a room design option,” mentions Ancheta in his book.

Moving into their dream home in 2008 was an exciting milestone for the Anchetas, but finding a suitable designer was a challenge. Learning interior design on her own, Jas successfully transformed their humble abode from what was once a blank canvas, into a fusion of art and life. This experience led her to professionally pursue interior design and after graduating with honors at Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), she set up her own firm, Jas Ancheta Interiors, as a licensed designer.

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Stories beyond the canvas. In Fusion, Ancheta details how the collection at The Cabinet at Canterbury brings various perspectives through the diversity of the local art scene.

An essential book for art enthusiasts and collectors alike, Fusion tells a story of the transformative role of art in one’s life. The passion and family endeavor behind Jas Ancheta Interiors that made The Cabinet at Canterbury possible, is a testament that the fusion of art, stories, and spaces can make one’s personal journey more meaningful.

Fusion by Allan Ancheta can be viewed through FAME+ Market Days’ Brand Sessions. The book will be available at www.jasanchetainteriors.com and Jas Ancheta Interiors on Facebook and Instagram.

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Fusion is a book about The Cabinet at Canterbury, a fusion of art, interiors and antiques to create memorable spaces. The Cabinet at Canterbury is located at 64 Canterbury Street, Hillsborough Alabang, Cupang, Muntinlupa.

About Allan and Jas Ancheta

Allan Ancheta is the author of Fusion and the co-founder of The Cabinet at Canterbury, a fusion of art, interiors and antiques to create memorable spaces. Currently working in MSD, Allan is a management consultant, a Business Unit Director, and also the past President of the Marketing Executives of the Pharmaceutical-Healthcare Industry. He worked for Unilab, AstraZeneca, and J&J in the past, and has won three anvil awards and two Health Care Asia awards for his work on Digital and Patient Advocacy. Allan was a former college professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). Jas Ancheta is the co-founder of The Cabinet at Canterbury and a licensed interior designer specializing in middle class to luxury homes and commercial spaces. Jas is a recipient of an award by the UP Interior Design focusing on environmentally sustainable materials and disaster readiness that was featured in several online and offline publications.

About FAME+

FAME+ is Manila FAME’s new Digital Trade Community Platform which went online in October 2020. Going live this October 20-22 , FAME+ Market Days is an all-new sourcing experience for the home, fashion, and lifestyle sector. The event reimagines the thrills of the agency’s signature show, Manila FAME through a digital expo and conference series. For three days, attendees will be treated to a showcase of the country’s vibrant design industry through segments on emerging trends in design, fashion, and business, and will feature esteemed local and international thought-leaders in the home, fashion, and lifestyle sectors such as Vogue Business.

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