Hills of Nikko

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Hills of Nikko (Picture from A Portfolio of 60 Philippine Art Masterpieces)

Hills of Nikko. 172 x 198.8 cm. 1964. National Museum Collection. Oil on Canvas.

This abstract painting is an indirect reference to nature- the famous Nikko Hills of Japan. It is Jose Joya' s composition during his abstract expressionist period. This gestural painting is derived from surrealist automatic writing and Asian calligraphy that creates dynamic lines.


  • Guillermo, A.G. "Altar". In CCP Enclyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 248-249. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
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