Joseph’s wood carved nicho of San Juan Nepomuceno received the 2012 Poster Award at Spanish Market. The large and heavy piece alludes to strength while the delicate features and gesture of the figure express a gentle nature. The piece reflects the character of the artist himself, standing over six feet tall with shiny black locks like Superman, but always there to greet fellow artists with a big smile and bigger hug and great humility.
Below, Joseph receives some words of thanks from Archbishop Rev. Michael J. Sheehan who later honored Joseph with the Archibishop’s Award for the same piece.
Joseph will be presenting his artwork at Spanish Market this July 27-28 with his father, Felix López (Straw Appliqué, Bultos-Painted) in booth #15.
The collectable poster will be available at the main Market table, both signed and unsigned. The image will also be featured on this year’s official Spanish Market t-shirt which will also be available at Spanish Market and is currently available in our online Museum Gift Shop in black or indigo. Proceeds will benefit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.
The piece shows San Juan Nepomuceno (John of Nepomuk) holding his finger to his mouth in a quiet gesture.
John of Nepomuk
|John of Nepomuk|
|Died||March 20, 1393
|Beatified||May 31, 1721|
|Canonized||March 19, 1729 by Benedict XIII|
|Attributes||halo of five stars, palm, priestly dress, cross, angel indicating silence by a finger over the lips|
|Patronage||Bohemia, San Juan, Batangas|
John of Nepomuk (or John Nepomucene) (Czech: Jan Nepomucký) (c. 1345 – March 20, 1393) is a national saint of the Czech Republic, who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods.