Monday, June 30, 2014

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents a retrospective of one of the major artists in post-war Philippine modernist painting, Hugo Yonzon Jr. (1924-1994). Yonzon’s works in this exhibition, spanning from 1948 to 1994, are mostly in oil, his preferred medium. The viewer might be surprised at the variety of styles in this selection of artworks, chosen at random, owing to the artist’s predisposition to explore rendering techniques and realistic interpretation.

Carabao Festival
78 x 93cm
Oil on canvas
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection

Friends and art critics described Yonzon as a painter looking for a style. All because he refused to be pegged down to a genre and was fearless in exploring the depths of expressing visions. Before what was known as the Mabini breakaway, he would humor his colleagues by joining either the realistic category or the modernist category of the Art Association of the Philippines competitions and run away with the top prizes from both. He also romped away with medals in photography and caricature, and was one of the pioneers of comics after the war.

What is constant in Yonzon’s works is the subject matter -- the ordinary people: farmers, fishermen, karetela drivers, and vendors. To complete the storytelling, they are presented within the narrative of myths and history.

Casco Dwellers
88 x 100 cm
Oil on canvas
Collection of the heirs of Hugo Yonzon Jr.

The Hugo Yonzon Jr. Retrospective will run until July 6, 2014 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). Viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 to 39 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 8323702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

Cultural Center Of The Philippines (CCP) is located at Roxas Blvd. cor. Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., CCP Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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