The collection, personally handpicked for public viewing by Que, is an extensive survey of various works produced from 1826 to 2011. The oldest artist featured in the collection is Damian Domingo (b.1796-d.1833), the first Filipino painter to depart from the tradition of religious art under Spanish colonization; the youngest is Belgian-Filipino artist Francis Luis Commeyne (b.1988).
The collection shows various ways by which Filipino visual artists—who have altered our ways of seeing the world— represent themselves: from traditional self-portraits to more concept-based works.
The first self-portrait acquired by Que is among the oldest works in the show: Juan Luna’s Indio Bravo in 1886. Other historical works are Domingo’s 1826 miniature portrait on ivory; works by both master genre painter Fabian dela Rosa and Modernist champion Victorio Edades in the 1920s; a 1950 work by printmaking pioneer Manuel Rodriguez, Sr.; and the 1968 self-portrait of Federico Alcuaz, who passed away last February 2, 2011.
Works from the late 70s’s to 80′s include an early portrait by Social Realist Jose Tence Ruiz and Nena Saguil in Paris. The exhibit also shares David Medalla’s 1984 self-portrait and Manuel Ocampo’s self-portrait in 2003. The show also features works by younger artists such as Lyra Garcellano, Troy Ignacio, Mark Justiniani, Yasmin Sison-Ching, Tatong Recheta Torres, and Liv Romualdez-Vinluan.
Artworks from the Show
Mirror Image, Bencab, 2010, Charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 24½×20¼ in
Self-Portrait, Pacita Abad, 1979, Tempera on paper, 28×20 in
Salamin, Salamin, Danilo Dalena, 1993, Oil on canvas, 36×36 in
Self-Portrait, Fabian Dela Rosa, 1920, Oil on board, 10×7½ in
Flip Side, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., 2010, Oil on rubber, 48×36 in
Seeing You, Not Seeing Me, Francis Luis Commeyne, 2009, Acrylic on canvas and chair, 32½×17½×17½ in
Self-Portrait, David Cortez Medalla, 1984, Mixed media on paper mounted on wood, 57×45 in
I Am, Winner Jumalon, 2007, Oil and collage on canvas, 57×48 in
Self-Portrait on the Wall, Fernando Zobel, 1954, Oil on canvas, 71×47 in
Monday's Menu, John Santos III, 2010, Oil with framed photo album on canvas, 72×48 in
Introspections of the Image Dictator, Wire Tuazon, 2007, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in
Self-Portrait as a Little Fairy, Manuel Ocampo, 2003, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in
Self-Portrait, Onib Olmedo, 1994, Acrylic on canvas, 36×24 in
Uploading, Olan Ventura, 2010, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 48×60 in
ID Picture, Elmer Borlongan, 1995, Oil on canvas, 36×48 in
Half Flashes and Cold Flashes, Plet Bolipata, 2009, Acrylic emulsion and collage on canvas, 48×48 in
Marks After Birth II, Bembol Dela Cruz, 2008, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in
Through the Looking Glass, Leslie De Chavez, 2011, Oil on canvas, 78½×55 in
Self-Portrait, Jose Joya, 1952, Oil on canvas, 25×19¾ in