Ukay o Brand New


Artist: MJ De Jesus
Size: 24in x 18in
Medium: Oil on canvas

Story behind the Artwork:

I started a series where I portray stories of people through their favorite clothes.

In relation to Consumerism, some people prefer buying branded clothes from Thrift shops/Ukay-ukay instead of brand new clothes for budget reasons, where they can still afford quality clothes and find their sense of style. While some people prefer brand new since they have the capacity to buy unused, fashionable new clothes. I remember our Social Anthropology teacher when he said that studies show that frequent buying from Ukay/Thrift-shops may affect the mindset/Lifestyle of the consumer.



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About the Artist

Mary Jane Caparas- de Jesus is from Pasig City. Her love for Art rooted from both her parent’s ancestors, Caparas and de Jesus. Filipino comic strip creator and writer-turned film Director Carlo J. Caparas is her mother’s uncle, and Pambansang Makata, Filipino Poet and lyricist Jose Corazon-de Jesus is her great grandfather from her father’s side. MJ has been joining art-related competitions during her Elementary and Highschool years, though her training in Painting and Drawing was through the mentoring of Pasig Art Club (PAC) and apprenticeship by then PAC President, late Jose Pytz Santos, father of Artist John Santos III and brother of National Artist for Music, Ramon P. Santos.

MJ has been painting for 12 years and has joined several group exhibitions and art contests. Her color palette and most of her Landscape and Sunset subjects are influenced by her favorite artists, French-impressionists Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne. Sometimes she does paintings and drawings outside her usual subjects, depending on her current inspiration.