Lot #012

Sherwin Paul Gonzales

The Jester's Portrait
signed and dated 2014 (lower right)
Acrylic On Canvas
20” x 24” (51 cm x 61 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 8,000
HP + BP : Php 52,560
An immensely talented artist from Baler, Aurora, whose penchant for satire has produced some of this decade’s most stirring works, Sherwin Paul Gonzales reflects on a harsh national reality — how politicians rule our lives with treachery as a way of life and how the people allow themselves to be taken for a ride.
The Jester is the trickster put into power by an unseen Kingmaker who must follow his every will and whim. He wears thick clown makeup to hide, bright headwear to divert attention, and skintight patterns to make his cover even more deceiving. Featuring exceptional draftsmanship, substantive content and an incomparable use of color, texture and contrast, Gonzales’ paintings steep themselves in allegory and motion — parodying Philippine politics, with the clowns embodying the politicians in all their comedic trickery.