Thirdy Bustamante, ‘Mona Lisa of the North’, 2017, Di Legno Gallery

Thirdy Bustamante, Grand Prize Winner of the Avida Painting Competition, 2014 Art Petron Runner Up and awarded First Honorable Mention in the 2014 University of Santo Tomas Annual Painting Competition gives homage to Johannes Vermeer in his work, Mona Lisa of the North. Based on the Girl With A Pearl Earring, one of Vermeer’s most famous paintings, Thirdy provides a more contemporary take, portraying the classical beauty with the additional depth of memento mori by painting a glimpse of a skull on the innocent and perpetually nubile maiden’s face. He also adds several blooms and petals of sampaguita, the Philippine national flower, to further underscore the vulnerability and frailty of the subject.

About Thirdy Bustamante

FIlipino, b. 1991, based in Philippines

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