Lot #025

Jose Joya

Untitled
signed and dated 1974 (lower right)
collage on board
26” x 20” (66 cm x 51 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 700,000
HP + BP : Php 1,051,200
Authenticity This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Josefa Joya-Baldovino confirming the authenticity of this lot.
Provenance Acquired directly from the Luz Gallery
From 1974 to 1979 in the seventies and onwards, Joya did work in a variety of forms: acrylic collages being one of them. His paintings of this long phase suggest the precious and the elusive. With their rhythmic transparent planes, they enter into the realm of illusion.

By the early eighties his style had evolved to a degree, given that Joya’s genesis as an abstract expressionist — of New York school — was heavily based on his participation in the 32nd Venice Biennial in 1964, wherein he painted very large works in thick paint applied in semi automatist, gestural manner. Yet unlike the abstract expressionist period of the early sixties wherein he employed enormously large brushes for working and trowel like palette knives, this work almost exudes a gossamer delicacy.