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Exhibition

Strangeways

Exhibiting Artists: Andres Barrioquinto

Venue: Utterly Art 229A South Bridge Road > venue details

Dates: 17 Jan 2008 - 27 Jan 2008

Human beings may be at the top of the evolutionary pyramid, but hardly behave as noble and enlightened masters of God’s creation. Instead as portrayed by Barrioquinto, they seem to dwell in a tragic twilight, living out wretched existences of their own devising. A keen observer of human failings, the artist paints desperate souls longing for all available representations of affection in this world… wanting to possess every woman, man or object of satisfaction, and still being discontented in the end. The show is about man’s greatest, and most insatiable desire — to love, and be loved in return.

A continuation of the artist’s evolving ‘blue period’, Strangeways manifests as a despondent blend of Barrioquinto’s fractured cubism, increased shades of blue, compositional dynamism and an eeriness due to a disturbing distortion of the human face and anatomy. Infused with a greater sense of narrative and attention to background details, they tell sorrowful stories of the human condition: the mama’s boy who clings to his parent, the unwanted daughter who gets in the way of her mother’s conquests, the perversion of a national figure, the futile wait of a single man for his true love, the disturbing affection of a stepfather for his youngest daughter... Strangeways is Barrioquinto’s visual chronicle of daily events and broken characters as seen through the surreal filters of his eyes — subtle, gloomy, and somewhat ironic.



Artist

  • Andres Barrioquinto

    Philippines

    Andres Barrioquinto (b. 1975, Philippines) graduated in Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Santo Tomas in 2000. A prestigious recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award (2003) bestowed by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, he has had 19 solo exhibitions and 5 in Singapore. His works reside in the collections of several noted collectors and the Singapore Art Museum, and he has been successfully auctioned at Sotheby's in Hong Kong. He currently paints with a complex, deeply la

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