Lot #020

Ang Kiukok

Rosary Queen
signed and dated 1989 (lower right)
Oil On Canvas
24” x 24” (61 cm x 61 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 2,000,000
HP + BP : Php 10,512,000
Authenticity This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Finale Art File confirming the authenticity of this lot.
Ang Kiukok depicts the Virgin Mary from a completely frontal perspective. Its composition is flat. A painted frame within the composition makes for a visual extension of the actual frame, suggesting depth.
Ang Kiukok presented the Virgin as a decorative, straightforward image without facial features. What prevents the painting from appearing too stiff is the profusion of details like the wavy curlicues of the frame which seem to recall okirs in Mindanao art, the elaborate monstrance-like halo, the geometric orange patterns on the stiff dress and the profusion of wavy succulent leaves of a lush green plant where the Virgin stands. A moon of differentiated blue breaks the symmetry.
By playing down the religious aspect of the Virgin, Ang Kiukok brings into focus its decorative qualities of shape, color and form.
Composition wise, Ang Kiukok’s painting of the Virgin is akin to being a companion piece of Fernando Zobel’s “Carroza.”