Following a brief absence from the art scene, news of J Studio’s new address was welcomed by artists, collectors, and art aficionados. “We were in VFP2, a warehouse building at Veterans Center, Taguig,” its owner Jia Estrella explains, “and during that time there was a strong art community in that area.” But it was too far for most buyers and enthusiasts. A fire that engulfed an art storage facility in the same building prompted the decision to make the final move.
Jia, together with her good friends, Gabby
Inside J Studio
J Studio’s intimate scale and open façade draw visitors inside where pieces from Marjorelle (Jia’s Moroccan-made lifestyle label) and Jia’s own line of upcycled furniture commingle with the works of young artists. Putting to good use her degree in interior design, Jia anchored the gallery’s spaces with dramatically scaled artworks before adding chairs, poufs, sofas, and décor to create inviting tableaus. The gallery’s straightforward layout draws the eye to the different areas. From the door, two walls with dramatically-scaled paintings and sculptures flank an entryway to an expansive salon also decorated with art and furniture. A stairway leads to a loft used for exhibitions as well as co-partnered events. “I plan to host a wine-tasting here soon; we’re open to pop-ups and other pocket events,” Jia discloses
batibot chair and painting by Adrian Evangelista
It’s a tight space that’s expertly managed. Jia’s tasteful staging and manner of display give the studio a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. “The main look is very industrial mixed with eclectic charm,” Jia continues. “I wanted the space to be a blank canvas so we can show something different each month. Aside from the exhibitions, we will also offer art workshops and special events.”
Painting by Andres Barrioquinto with accents from Marjorelle
Gallerist Jia Estrella
J Studio’s soft opening in July featured contemporary artists Arnica Acantilado, Butch Payawal, and Marco
Sculpture and painting by Arvi Fetalvero
Apart from that, Jia will be kept busy with J Studio’s special celebration in November with 100 artists participating in the gallery’s
This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.