Opening - Manuel Ocampo @ Valentine Willie

Filipino artist Manuel Ocampo likes to mix sacred Baroque religious iconography with the secular and serious political narrative. His works draw upon a wide range of art history contains cartoonish elements and inspiration from the punk subculture. He will open on Friday a new solo exhibition, The Painter Equipment at Valentine Willie Fine Art. Despite major museum exhibitions in Spain, France and America - not to mention inclusion in the world’s leading biennales of Venice, Berlin, Kwangju, and his controversial inclusion in Documenta IX (1992) - this is Ocampo’s first solo exhibition in Asia outside Manila.

This exhibition for Valentine Willie Fine Art will show both new paintings and works on paper in Ocampo’s signature idiosyncratic style – a composite of popular icons plucked from Western culture and Filipino kitsch – motifs such as the swastika, crucifixes, pizza slices, phallus-like sausages, liquor bottles, ghosts, ghoulish dripping eye balls and excrement.