Lot #003

Jose Joya

Middle Aged Man
oil on canvas
15” x 11 3/4” (38 cm x 29 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 120,000
HP + BP : Php 280,320
Authenticity This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Josefa Joya-Baldovino confirming the authenticity of this lot and a book of Joya by Francisco Arcellana
Exhibited Hiyas ng Bulakan, "Jose Joya: Selections from 20 Years, A Retrospective Exhibit", Malolos, Bulacan, 8 - 30 December 1973; PICPA House, "An Exhibition of Works by Joya: Dated 1951-1974 from the Artist's Collection", Mandaluyong, Rizal, 16 - 22 March 1975
Literature Arcellana, Francisco, JOYA, Dick Baldovino Enterprises, Manila, 1996, p. 28 (illustrated)
It could be said that the avant-garde pressures that shaped the cultural climate of the twentieth century may have actively discouraged the idea of portraiture as a suitable activity for the serious artist. But not so for Jose Joya, who began his career by painting figurative subjects. As the book Joya testifies, his drawings disprove a charge often made against figurative artists: that they do abstraction because they can’t do the human figure. In his drawings, Joya dazzlingly proves he can evoke the human body in detail even without an actual model before him. May not his representational drawings outrank his abstract paintings in the future? For Joya, they rank equal, “although in terms of weight, the paintings will always be heavier. The paintings are my private fun. I do them for my own satisfaction.”