Joel Chavez is an artist from Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. Chavez’s reimagining of neoclassical paintings, particularly those of William-Adolphe Bouguereau, started in 2017.
An angelic couple on a swing, a partially naked mother of four, a disreputable doctor performing unwanted experiments. To him, the works of these master painters are an homage to the progress of humankind, representing a push for reason and rationality over religion and power.
“ My art is a combination of different types of art, which is a blending of some elements of realism and then of abstractionism, illustrated through a classical approach. I always prefer to attach or add up essentials of mechanical structures to my paintings because I deem them a vital form that connects every subject I am harnessing within the composition of my artworks. I nurture the use of gear, which for me, stands for unity. I also like the details when I paint machines, as the shades of the color are mostly earth tones.” Joel Chavez