Joey P Manlapaz Artist: Has 0 artworks for sale
Artist: Joey P Manlapaz
Live in: Washington, DC, United States
Artworks for sale: 0
Joey P Manlapaz Artist Bio:
American, b. Philippines I am a painter highly influenced by the New York city-based photorealist movement that came out of the 1970s and particularly admire paintings of Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes. In contrast to their strict, factual and non-editorializing brand of photorealism, however, I aspire to imbue my cityscapes with the deep psychological breadth of Edward Hopper, who captured loneliness and isolation in his work. I focus primarily on architecture of Washington, DC for subject matter and during the course of my 30-years artistic career, I continuously try and develop different themes, using traditional oil painting techniques. I painted many buildings no longer existing. I highlighted the colorful hot dog vendors ubiquitous to our streets. I featured monuments that pepper the federal city. In my recent series, I focused on glass storefront windows of local DC businesses. Zen philosophy of nothingness and ever present moment is a tenet I espouse and in my current series "Cycles, Bikes & Bins," I paint motorcycles, bicycles, and newspaper stands - signs of a bustling city - devoid of human presence or if at all, with a lone figure. Whereas Hopper graphically described isolation as two people trapped in an interior space, I portray emptiness and aloneness in an urban street setting by implementing strong saturated colors bathed in serene and diffused lighting and capture these elements as solitary entities left to their own devices. My introspective qualities strongly resonate in my paintings, which simmer with isolation and quiet. I brought these traits with me since my early teens when I immigrated to America and developed deep feelings of being out of place in my new environment. While Washington, DC remains prominent in my work, it really serves as a vehicle by which I express my true self. Together, my paintings chronicle not only the transformation of the city that is now my home but also my own journey from a lonely youth to a mature artist.