Lot #009

Winner Jumalon

signed and dated 2015 (upper center)
acrylic on canvas
72” x 48” (183 cm x 122 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 200,000
HP + BP : Php 350,400
As one of the more established mid-career artists working today, Winner Jumalon shows us that portraiture for the 21st century need not show a rigid likeness of the model, but may be evoked by a juxtaposition of various elements relevant in the construction of a self that, in the post-modernist concept, is essentially fragmented. Here, we are shown a portrait of a man strewn with clothespin, a plastic wand, and other seemingly discarded objects. His shirt, however, reveals more symbolic stuff: constellations and an assembly of skulls of bones. It may be the author’s self-portrait, but while we scrutinize this possibility, we are also being sized up by the subject with his lone, open eye gazing straight at us.