Lot 076

b. The Philippines, 1931 - d. 1995

PASAY, 1981

Signed and dated 'Jose Joye 2.4, 1981' (upper right)
Mixed media collage on paper
49cm x 32cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000


Illustrated here is an abstract collage by one of the most important abstract artists of the Philippines, José Tanig Joya. Titled Pasay, this abstract piece is perhaps Joya’s depiction of one of the cities that make up Metropolitan Manila. Joya’s sense of colour is said to be inspired by the colours of the Philippine landscape and his use of rice paper in collages express an interest in transparency. The polychromatic shades of white and brown of uneven shapes are sporadically positioned against a bold red background dominating the upper left of the picture plane in multi-layers creating texture.

Jose Joya graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, earning the distinction of being the university’s first magna cum laude. The Instituto de Cultura Hispanica of the Spanish government awarded him a painting grant in Madrid from 1954 to 1955. He completed his master’s degree in painting under a Fulbright Smith-Mundt grant a year later. He also received a grant from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund and Ford Foundation to paint in New York between 1967 and 1969. At the UP, he was exposed to the paintings of National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala as well as Anita Magsaysay-Ho. Joya held numerous one-man shows since his first in 1954 at the Philippine Art Gallery. In 1981, he was honoured with a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Philippine Art. In 1987, the French government bestowed on him the Order of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He held a number of positions including president of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) (1962 to 1965); dean of the UP College of Fine Arts (1970 to 1978); chairperson of two Philippine delegations to China (1961 and 1972); a holder of the Amorsolo Professorial Chair in UP in 1985; and he also served as chairperson of the National Committee on Visual Ants, of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. Jose Joya posthumously proclaimed as the National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003.