Saturday, February 02, 2008

"Indecision" by a Filipino surrealist painter JON JAYLO

A British politician, Aneurin Bevan (1897 - 1960), once said on indecision: “We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.”

In this picture, the artist allegorically illustrates “indecision” as opposing forces by using the imagery of a three-wheeled bicycle with two faceless men sitting back to back pedalling in opposite directions.

A satire and a metaphorical quest for truth depict, not only the psychological conflict within, but apt amid the political crisis of our country (Philippines) and the conflicting personal interests among our political leaders.

The contrasting colors and the subtlety of symbolic elements make this painting so appealing to the mind and senses, addressing an urgent universal message on shared vision, concern and unity in our politically-troubled society.

Using a water mixable oil paint, the artist has achieved an elegant style of pictorial composition with the classic appeal of a master’s touch.

© Danny C. Sillada

Artwork: "Indecision" by a Filipino surrealist painter Jon Jaylo.

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mai said...

Hi Sir!

Just wanna let you know i'm glad i have landed in your blog. I'm an art studies major and your writings here regarding filipino artists and their art are very insightful. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to your next posts!...

- Mai

Danny Sillada said...

Hi Mai,

Thanks a lot. I highly appreciate that.