Verdant Hills, Antipolo
signed and dated 1994 (lower right)
22" x 30" (56 cm x 76.2 cm)
Jose Joya is concerned with stippled fields of color defined by carefully articulated boundaries. The painting marks a transitional phase in the development of the artist’s style, from an exploding kind of composition to containment of forms within pictorial space. The almost austere geometric organic abstractions have more of a compositional allover look utterly different from other notable abstract expressionist painters such as Pollock and De Kooning.
Here, Joya renders the pristine and lush beauty of the Antipolo countryside into a figurative and contemplative piece. By doing so, he effectively transports the viewer into the allure of the scene by mere shape and color.