Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973) Appetite
Lot 28
Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973)
Appetite
Sold for HK$ 1,500,000 (US$ 192,070) inc. premium

Lot Details
Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973) Appetite Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973) Appetite Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973) Appetite
Ronald Ventura (Filipino, 1973)
Appetite
Oil on gesso-based canvas, framed
Signed 'Ventura' and dated 2008 at lower right
Painted in 2008
152 x 122 cm (60 x 48 in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Artesan Gallery + Studio
    Private Collection, Hong Kong

    Exhibited:
    Mapping the Corporeal: Ronald Ventura, NUS Museum, Singapore, 5 September to 16 November 2008

    Published:
    Mapping the Corporeal: Ronald Ventura, NUS Museum, Singapore, 2008, unpaginated

    羅納德・溫杜拿 食慾 丙烯酸樹脂顏料基底油彩畫布 木框 二〇〇八年作

    簽名:Ventura 2008

    來源:
    Artesan 畫廊 + 工作室
    香港私人收藏


    展覽:
    「肉體的映射──羅納德・溫杜拿」,新加坡國立大學博物館,新加坡,2008年9月5日至11月16日

    出版:
    《肉體的映射──羅納德・溫杜拿》,新加坡國立大學博物館出版,2008年,無頁碼

    'My art is to liberate visual perception.' - Ronald Ventura

    One of Southeast Asia's most inventive contemporary artists, Ronald Ventura's works feature complex layering of visual styles, from hyperrealism to cartoon and graffiti, presenting the vicissitudes of the mind in all its imagination, intertwined with aspects of history and culture. In this regard, each of his representative works is an eloquent tableaux of contemporary life.

    Appetite is one of the most paradigmatic works from his breakout exhibition, Mapping the Corporeal, held at the NUS Museum in Singapore in 2008. It was also the iconic image for the Singapore Biennale in the same year. The human body, in a surreal way, becomes a site where inner desire and external circumstances collide. Technically superb, Ventura takes on painting as a highly orchestrated exercise balancing realism, naturalism and fantasy. The vacuous scream of the protagonist in Appetite expresses a desire for more, visualised in his gaping visage. He is evidently in a state of transformation, shedding his more normal executive persona to become an almost superhuman figure leaping dramatically from the picture plane towards the viewer.

    Examining the artist's description of his own works through Appetite, the aspect of destabilising conventional visual understanding is very much present. Ventura's works touch on a myriad of narratives, and are usually densely painted, and sometimes move beyond painting to sculptures and installations. He likens the process of painting to a process of addition and subtraction, and has no qualms to paint and then paint over once again a picture, and as such is able to conceive of works and their narratives that exist on different visual, thematic and conceptual levels. What unites them is how they reveal the unbound creativity of the artist's mind, moving between the human and the bestial world, between reality and fantasy.

    「我的藝術就是要解放視覺官感。」──羅納德・溫杜拿

    身為東南亞最具創造力的當代藝術家之一,羅納德・溫杜拿的創作具備複雜多層次的視覺風格,上通超寫實主義,下達卡通動畫和塗鴉藝術。當中展現了心靈想像層面上的多變無常,並以歷史和文化的不同面向交織於其中。他的每件代表性作品都是善於演述的當代生活場景。

    畫家2008年曾在新加坡國立大學博物館舉行過石破天驚的展覽「肉體的映射──羅納德・溫杜拿」,而《食慾》即是當中最具典範性的展品之一。此作亦是同年新加坡雙年展的標誌性圖像。在其畫面中,人體超乎現實地成為了內在慾求與外在境遇互相碰撞的場所。溫杜拿以高超的技巧,通過繪畫精心經營一種多元平衡,巧妙融合了寫實主義、自然主義以及虛擬的幻想。《食慾》主體人物張開大嘴的模樣將他尚未滿足的渴望形象化,並將其表露為空洞的吶喊。畫中人顯然正處於變形狀態,正在褪除慣見的企業執行員的身份,變化為近乎超人的形體,幾欲以富有戲劇性的姿態跳出畫面,撲向觀者。

    從畫家對自己作品的描述中,我們可察知《食慾》大有一種顛覆慣常視覺認知的意趣。溫杜拿的畫作涉及多種敘述,往往畫得比較厚實密緻,有時還超越繪畫媒介,延伸至雕塑及裝置藝術。他將繪畫比作加減過程,敢於在同一畫面上反復塗畫,以至於前後相掩。由此他能構思出在視覺上、主題上和概念上同時開展於多個層面的作品和相關敘述。如此多元異彩的共通之處,在於它們共同彰顯了畫家天馬行空的無限創意,於人界與獸界、現實與虛幻之間游走無礙。
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