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SOLD ₱38,000


FOR SALE Lot 127: Kimsoy watercolors c. 1965

FOR SALE sketchpad artworks
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ARTIST: Jose 'Kimsoy' Yap, Jr. (b. March 7, 1944)
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MEDIUM: watercolor (wet method)
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DIMENSIONS: 11.5"L x 17.5"W
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YEAR: 1965
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PROVENANCE: original owner
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DOCUMENTATION: COA available
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REMARKS: unframed
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A.) River Scene, Batangas #40
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B.) Rusty Patterns #43
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C.) Sunday at the Pier, Cebu City
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D.) Pasig River, Manila #10
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ABOUT THE ARTIST (b. March 7, 1944)
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Belying his outward simplicity, Kimsoy is one of the most relevant, significant and valuable Cebuano artists in Philippine art & culture. His towering achievements in his outstanding lifework is a pattern of excellence, the generous sharing of talent, and the openness of heart and mind to true Art.
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Carcar is an art word in Cebu City. It is a place of pride where Art thrives in its people, places, things.
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In Carcar, when still much under 20, Kimsoy discovered his art being. At that time and place, master painter Martino Abellana was the revered art guru whose intimations to deep creativity was matched only by his determination to make visual artists of the young group that hovered, strived, awed and followed his teachings.
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At the same time in that time, Kimsoy's father who was also an artist in his own right, hero-worshiped the Master Painter of Carcar. He wanted nothing else but for his son Kimsoy to be a second Abellana. Applying carino brutal, he showed continued disapproval of Kimsoy's efforts. He made sure Kimsoy spent his summer in the Abellanas' home. Mr. Yap, Sr. demanded more than what his son's blossoming talents could give. Yet, for all the seeming indifference and isolation, Kimsoy saw his father's love and desire for him to succeed. With distinct sensitivity, the young Kimsoy's abounding talent was honed to excellence. Kimsoy leapt ahead of the others as his watercolors and pastels began to look ethereal and hauntingly beautiful.
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Moving to New York in 1971, Kimsoy decided to devote his life to art. The grim reality of the great America daunted him. Amidst all difficulties of all kinds, the frail, meditative and patient Kimsoy bravely said (as he still does now), "a little happiness keeps one going."
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Kimsoy used his luminous brilliance in painting to survive envy, material want and solitude. The "little happiness" meant excelling at the New York National Academy of Arts where his professors recognized his superior talent. Eventually they hired him to teach and mentor fellow students who, even reluctantly and with big envy, saw his example of how limitless a student could learn from his mentors. America became Kimsoy's golden days.
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After a debilitating stroke, Kimsoy continued to paint that spoke the depths of his artist's soul, this time concentrating on portraits.
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Hence, to look at and reflect on a Kimsoy portrait is to look and discover the subject's inner self and the beauty of that person within. Kimsoy's portraits are not surface pretty. The colors glow from within. The artist looks into the heart and sees the communion therein, depth after depth. That is why Kimsoy prefers his subject to sit for the portrait.
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As an excellent watercolorist, Kimsoy has mastered the demands of the unforgiving medium where water and color will have their way and will obey only one who can master their movement.
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Kimsoy has proven throughout all his life that Olympic laurels can only happen with self-mastery. Asked what he wants to be called, he answers spontaneously, "An artist. I just want to be remembered as an artist."
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YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANYTHING LIKE THIS AGAIN at a reasonable price of 38,000 pesos apiece; includes local shipping via JRS Express cargo. Please allow from 2 to 4 working days for delivery.
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