De Los Reyes,  2018

De Los Reyes, 2018

 

STATEMENT

Using comic books and magazines he has collected since childhood, Jay takes the very media that excluded him to create his own representation. Highly innovative and meticulously composed, his style is 100% hand-cut collage with no painted effects. The resulting universe is a mashup of pop cultural influences from entertainment, comics, fashion, art and celebrity culture. It is quintessential Pop Art seen through the eyes of a queer Filipino-Canadian immigrant. Through self-portraiture, he reveals a personal and complex identity while referencing global fixations. Playfully assembling his own narratives, Jay’s fantasy world is a place where beautiful things are everywhere, but something still isn’t quite right.