Jigger Cruz has emerged in recent years as one of the most exciting young Filipino contemporary artists. Painting with his own idiosyncratic style blending bold expressionistic strokes, his paintings are bursting with colour. His seemingly random drips and layers of thick paint actually belie a complexity of ideas and actually highlight the creative processes behind his art. In the present Lot, Jigger explores the ideals of figurative classical painting, but strips that away by reworking the process and divesting it with his own stylistic quirks. Globs of paint are applied, directly from the tube and the usage of spray paint as well in some areas which pursues the idea that a painting can become an installation as well and is the artist's attempt to use disorder to highlight the technique and non-technique of both classical painting and abstraction.
"My works are basically formed out of my personal spontaneity. These are expressions and playful schematic doodles imposed over the knocked-off paintings from the centuries. The main idea is to depict the conception of forms that are bound to gesture, combining the primitive process of juxtaposition over the unrestrained manner of traditional approach. The layers manage to involve natural errors treated as genius via its aesthetic content to course the context of each work that delineates the process of deconstructions and contradictions as a theoretical dialogue to disperse the new meaning of one image to another. Each painting reveals, yet conceals, the thoughts of mixing layers, both evident and hidden, by ways of combining things independently."
Jigger Cruz, 2012