Richard Gomez On His Viral Painting Of A Penis: 'It shows lust, self-pleasure, and power'

The mayor and actor talks about his controversial painting that was showcased at ManilArt 2019.

Richard Gomez spoke up about his viral painting that was showcased at the recent ManilArt 2019. Reportedly worth P196,000, the painting shows a yellow penis against a black backdrop. The Ormoc City mayor and actor told GMA News Online that the painting titled “OOOOHH” was "self-explanatory.” He said, “Given deeper thought, it shows lust, self-pleasure, and power." 

The painting went viral after a netizen posted a photo of Richard and his painting with the caption, “Hello mga artist kong friends, kuha lang kayo [ng] malamig na beer diyan sa ref, sisig, [at] pulutan tapos upo kayo sa tabi ko. Pag-usapan natin [ang] gawa ni Richard Gomez sa ManilArt 2019.”

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Richard told GMA News Online that he has been painting since the ‘90s. He added, "I've been collecting works from painters since the '80s when I started working and earning money. Most of what I've bought are still with me up to now.”

He has showcased his work in other venues, including group shows at SM Megamall Art Center and Pinto Art Museum.

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