One East Asia
BLISS – JAYSON CORTEZ
ONE EAST ASIA is a Singapore-based art advisory and management organization founded in April 2010. It is dedicated to enriching the appreciation of Southeast Asian Art globally through exhibitions in Singapore and London, international art fairs and not-for-profit educational events.
One East Asia is the sole, officially appointed representative of the Sudjojono Centre in Singapore, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the great Indonesian modernist S. Sudjojono (1913-1986).
Bliss is Jayson Cortez’s first solo show in London.
Artist’s Statement: “Everyone is looking for happiness. After ten years’ experience as a full-time artist, this group of paintings is a visual representation of my deep joy. This state of bliss I experience runs from play through to freedom and knowledge. My storytelling leads the viewers into my personal world of satisfaction and pleasure.”
Biography – Jayson Cortez (b. 1986, Manila, Philippines)
Jayson Cortez originally studied Civil Engineering but changed direction to pursue the arts, graduating in 2010 with a BA Fine Arts (Major in Advertising) from Bulacan State University, Philippines. Since then, Cortez has exhibited his paintings widely throughout the Philippines, as well as Singapore and London.
One East Asia represents Cortez in Singapore and the UK. The gallery hosted Cortez’s first solo show in Singapore, Portal, in 2015, followed by a two-man show with Welbart, Beautiful Mind, in 2017. His work was introduced to London audiences at the group show Peninsular Practices: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, at the annual multi-platform event Asian Art in London, in November 2015; this was followed in 2017 by Coming of Age, an auction staged by One East Larasati, sister company of One East Asia. The gallery also featured his work in the exhibition Perceptions of Humanity at the START Art Fair, London, in September 2018.
Cortez was a selected exhibitor at My City, My SM, My Art at SM City Baliwag in 2017 and received the Gintong Kabataan Award in Arts and Culture, sponsored by the Bulacan government, in 2015. Prior to this he was awarded Jurors Choice at the Luzon Art Award (Philip Morris Philippine Art Award) in 2014.