• Winner Jumalon, Jura Me (Swear To Me), 2014, oil on canvas, 244 x 458cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Dios Conciente No Para Sempra (God Consents But Not For Always), 2014, oil on canvas, 183 x 168cm
  • Winner Jumalon, El Que Tiene Sospechas (He Who Has Suspicions), 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 183 x 168cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Pasonanca, 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 183 x 213cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Dos Malditos (Two Rascals), 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 165 x 199cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Ta Sale Ya El Prusisyon (The Procession Is Leaving), 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 137 x 152cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Nuay Muerte (No Death), 2014, charcoal, oil stick, oil on canvas, 137 x 152cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Calienton (Hotheaded), 2014, oil on canvas, 137 x 152cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Arena Blanco (White Sand), 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 77 x 276cm (triptych)
  • Winner Jumalon, Juramentado I, 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 61 x 61cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Juramentado II, 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 61 x 61cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Juramentado III, 2014, oil and encaustic on canvas, 61 x 61cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Alquien (Somebody), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Camino (Road), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Contra Viento (Against The Wind), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Corazonada (Great Yearning), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, De Siete Viernes (Seven Weeks Long), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Debuenas (Lucky), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Donde Paso (Way), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Ecuentra Hueso (Finding Bone), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Escalera (Stairs), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Espejo (Mirror), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Espera Un Ratito (Wait A While), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Guardia Civil (Civil Guard), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Idayvuelta (Round Trip), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Igurias (Pretentions), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Junto (Together), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Llegada (Coming), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, No Hay Nada Alli (Nothing Is There), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, No Nega (Don't Deny), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Ojos (Eyes), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Ombligo (The Navel), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Origen (Origin), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Pandilla No Cocalan (Gangmen in the Coconut Farm), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Perro Que No Anda (Dog That Does Not Go Around), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Pesadillo (Nightmare), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Primo (Cousin), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Que Gran Camaron (What A Big Shrimp), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Sajada (Slice), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Salerosa (Graceful), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Sta. Catelina, 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Yo Venia (I Was Returning), 2014, mixed media on paper, 76 x 56cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Hallazgo Reciente I (Recent Find), 2014, epoxy resin, 56 x 30.5 x 30.5cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Hallazgo Reciente II (Recent Find), 2014, epoxy resin, 61 x 30.5 x 30.5cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Hallazgo Reciente III (Recent Find), 2014, epoxy resin, 58.5 x 43 x 43cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Hallazgo Reciente IV (Recent Find), 2014, epoxy resin, 61 x 43 x 43cm
  • Winner Jumalon, Hallazgo Reciente V (Recent Find), 2014, epoxy resin, 79 x 43 x 43cm

Winner Jumalon

Juramento

20 Jan - 1 March 2015

Yavuz Gallery is pleased to present Winner Jumalon in his first solo exhibition in Singapore. Comprised of new paintings, drawings and sculptures, Juramento draws from the language, stories, customs and landscapes from the artist’s hometown of Zamboanga City, Philippines. The exhibition and artwork titles are rendered in Chabacano, a Filipino creole language derived from Spanish and widely used in Zamboanga.

When describing his works, Jumalon often talks about specific faces and spaces that inspire him. His body of work can be characterised by an ongoing exploration of personal, cultural and artistic identities, which are often fluid and interlinked. In Juramento, Filipino culture and history are explicitly linked with his own experiences and family history, in layered images populated by figures both real and mythical. In one painting, he associates an image of his mother tilling the soil with the origin myth of Zamboanga City’s Pasonanca district. In his series of three Juramentado paintings, Jumalon depicts himself as the titular Juramentado, an oath-bound Moro warrior from Filipino history, relating this striking figure to his own journey and convictions as an artist. With his constant references to Zamboanga City, one senses yet another oath in Jumalon’s works – one to his city of birth, to always remember and always return.

Other works are grounded in contemporary figures. The painting Nuay Muerte (“No Death”) depicts a man who is known in Zamboanga City by the alias Mano’y Fusil (“hand of gun”). Jumalon explains, “According to rumours, Mano’y Fusil used to be a killer and is feared by everyone. He is a man of few words, and if anybody tried to quarrel with him or was plotting against him, he would immediately eliminate that person.” Yet, the artist acknowledges that this fearsome reputation is based entirely on unsubstantiated stories and rumours. Floating on the canvas is a colourful gun (fusil) made out of Lego blocks, a suggestion that our public selves can be constructed, invented, taken apart. As is typical of Jumalon’s works, seemingly random scribbles, sketches and broad strokes of paint interrupt the painted canvas like graffiti, further obscuring and throwing the man’s identity into question.

By conflating history, myths and autobiography, Jumalon examines the Philippines’ shared cultural legacy that shapes his own.