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Jose Joya

Jose Joya 荷西·荷雅 Untitled (triptych) 無題(三聯屏)

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Lot Details


Jose Joya

1931 - 1995

Untitled (triptych) 

mixed media on ceramic, in three parts

signed Joya and dated 1977 (lower right)

executed in 1977

unframed: 27.5 by 22.5 cm; 10 ¾ by 8 ¾ in. (3) 

framed: 43 by 83.5 cm; 16 ¾ by 32 ¾ in.



1931 - 1995年

無題 (三聯屏)



Joya 1977 (右下)

signed Joya and dated 1977 (lower right)


作品: 27.5 x 22.5 cm; 10 ¾ x 8 ¾ in. (3)

畫框: 43 x 83.5 cm; 16 ¾ x 32 ¾ in.

Private Collection, UK



Swiftly dancing across the triptych with a spellbinding lyricism, the sensuous color fields and expressive swathes of color in Untitled (Triptych) (Lot 6208) typify the painterly finesse of Jose Joya. Executed in 1977, this rare and eloquent composition embraces the core principles of American Abstract Expressionism through the delicate medium of ceramic.

Wrought with subtle tensions and complex rhythms, Untitled (Triptych) displays with great acuity the artist’s mastery of the palette. Rendered in a soothing base of whites, creams and browns enlivened with warmer hues and romantic red tones, the present lot embodies the emotions and inner psyche of the artist. Joya ensconces these color fields with graceful black tones, recalling the calligraphic gesticulations found in his oil works. These spontaneous, linear forces create the illusion of shadows while simultaneously providing a sense of stability to the composition.

A renowned pioneer and prominent member of the Thirteen Moderns, Joya has long been celebrated as one of the first modernists in his nation to venture into abstraction, marking a distinct departure from his contemporaries. Born in 1931 in Manila, the salient visionary graduated from the University of Philippines School of Fine Arts before he earned a scholarship to study in Madrid at the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica. He was later awarded a Fulbright-Smith Mundt scholarship which allowed him to pursue masters at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. In the USA, he resonated with the American contemporary movements that were gaining international prominence and produced dynamic works while in the frenzy of Action Painting. Eventually, this quintessential gestural style not only resulted in a personal dialogue for Joya, but it would later represent the collective consciousness of the Philippines.

Joya dedicated his life to capturing the whims of his vivid imagination, from intuitions, reveries and emotions, through the lens of abstract forms. Eight years after his death, he was deemed a National Artist for his groundbreaking efforts in pioneering abstraction in the Philippines.

“…the artist is concretizing his need for communication. He has an irresistible urge to reach that level of spiritual satisfaction and to project what he is and what he thinks through his work.” - Jose Joya


在《無題》 (拍品編號 6208)這幅三聯畫之中,蕩人心魄的色塊與情感豐富的筆觸,有如行雲流水地舞動,展露出引人入勝的抒情表現力,亦完美地呈現了荷西.荷雅精湛的繪畫技巧。1977年作品《無題》採用一種精緻的媒介——陶瓷,這幅流麗而與眾不同的構圖,體現了美國抽象表現主義的神髓。


荷雅不但是一位享負盛名的藝術先鋒及「現代派十三人」中的成員,他更被譽為菲律賓最早涉足抽象藝術的現代藝術家,在同儕之中突圍而出。1931年生於馬尼拉的荷雅畢業於菲律賓大學美術學院,他在學期間已獲得獎學金,前往馬德里西班牙文化協會習畫,其後更榮獲傅爾布萊特.史密斯.墨(Fulbright-Smith Mundt )獎學金, 在密歇根州格蘭布魯克藝術學院修讀碩士學位。留美期間,荷雅受到當時在國際舞台上急促崛起的美國抽象表現主義運動深深吸引,並受到「行動繪畫」風潮的影響,創作出許多富有動感的作品。這種筆意鮮明的風格,不但成為荷雅獨有的自我對話,其後更成為菲律賓群體意識的代表。