In a world that is easily becoming more accessible and tempting for people to commit sin, artist Henry Royales reflects on the situation and discusses such sensitive topic in his first one-man exhibit, titled Lexicon of Sin.
What he keeps on record are basic human indiscretions, as shown through human and animal forms. Aiming to keep it as realistic as possible, he gathered actual animal bones, egg shells, and taxidermies of rabbits, among other animal-related elements, and enclosed them in acrylic glass. By preserving these remains and casting them in a new light, he is giving them new life, a new purpose. Deeply religious, he draws inspiration largely from the Bible, and realizes that man’s dependence on earthly knowledge and wealth led to many contemporary social issues. In one work, he is presenting a modern depiction of Adam and Eve, now troubled by the threat of illicit affairs. While revealing human fallibility, Royales is not just focusing on that aspect alone. He is hopeful man will learn to rise again after serious self-evaluation, a message he wishes to convey to viewers when they see his works.
An advertising graduate from FEU, Royales developed an interest in drawing and an affinity toward animals at an early age. Though he keeps a day job, he is committed to share and to hone his talent further by dedicating an average of five hours a day to painting. To him, such commitment is a way of giving back to his Creator.