Ink Fish is a figurative abstract painting of an undersea life with three skeletal fish as prominent figures and full of colors. It was one of Ang Kiukok’s early works in the 1960s generally described as distorted, disjointed, and full of geometric skeletons with overlapping geometric forms. The subject borders on the artist’s social commentaries on the realities of life.
Ang Kiukok, declared National Artist for Painting in 2002, emerged in the 1960s as one of the second generation of modernists. His cubist style was influenced by his master, National Artist Vicente Manansala.
Critics remark that the style of Ang Kiukok represents his negative view of reality - full of suffering, poverty, cruelty, and violence.