Friday, June 20, 2014

Hugo Yonzon Jr. Retrospective at CCP until July 6

Press Update:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the Hugo Yonzon Jr. Retrospective at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery).

Hugo Yonzon Jr. (May 24, 1924 - October 17, 1994) is one of the major artists in post-war Philippine modernist painting. His works in this exhibition, spanning from 1948 to 1994, are mostly in oil, his preferred medium. The viewer might be surprised at the variety of styles in this selection of artworks, chosen at random, owing to the artist’s predisposition to explore rendering techniques and realistic interpretation.

In the 40s and 50s, the paintings were distorted figures and environments, in somber, tertiary colors. In his cubistic approach in the 60s, he used textured surfaces which he himself crafted. In Yonzon’s outputs in the 70s, texture was made using thin bristles, with the oil paint applied thinly with linseed oil. In his final decades, the works were mostly realistic, with predominant touches of sunshine colors.

These were not in phases. Yonzon would go back and forth between his different approaches, creating milestone works. What is constant in his works is the subject matter -- the ordinary people: farmers, fishermen, karetela drivers, and the vendors. To complete the story telling, they are presented within the narrative of myths and history. (Hugo Yonzon III)

The Hugo Yonzon Jr. Retrospective will be on view until July 6, 2014 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). Viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at telephone numbers (632) 832-1125 to 39 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, or email

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