About the Book
My art is influenced by many factors: attitude of religious institutions towards gay culture, the superficiality of popular queer identity culture, race politics, gender performance, icons, sex and pornography. These issues have affected and transformed my life in my attempt to survive the conventions and control of religion, hetronormotivity and homonormonormtivity, and racism in western society.
“I explore the fragile material of gay magazines for my drawn collaged work,
transforming the images into appropriated childhood fantasy & homoerotic
forms while commenting on postcolonial issues. I trace my drawn images by
cutting and removing each traces of marked lines. The questons I ask and the
answers I seek are very much about what it means to be whole, liberated, self-
empowered and embodied as a gay Filipino man in a western, highly commercialized
Heteronormative & Homonormative society. At the same time failing to find my
own identity in a queer community that upholds the typical middle class, gay white
male as perfection of queer identity - homonormative.” -Julius Poncelet Manapul
Julius Poncelet Manapul's work consists on the use of contemporary material as a tool for painting, drawing, sculpting, layout design, digital design, photography and video installations to create historical influences with a new-age hybrid baroque sensibility. Born in the City of Manila, Philippines in July 8, 1980. He immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1990 where he studied fine arts in Ontario College of Art and Design University with a BFA in 2009. He then took one year of residency in Paris, France and one year at Toronto School of Art in 2011. Julius completed his MVS Masters of Visual Studies at University of Toronto in 2013.