Lot #017

Lao Lianben

Presence
signed dated 1992 (lower left)
acrylic on wood
72” x 80” (183 cm x 203 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 1,200,000
HP + BP : Php 2,219,200
Provenance Acquired by Vicente Lopez from the parents of Romeo Tabuena Ca.1955 after he left the Philippines and never to return
Lao Lianben’s oeuvre has featured a potent brand of minimalism which is often referred to by most as ‘Zen’. Ethereal in nature, Lao’s works are more often than not meditative and welcoming — as if to invite his audience into the stark, relaxing expanse to find themselves.
This work by Lao features a very strong play on contrast. The vast nothingness that exists behind the streaks of light adds to the brilliance of the otherwise faint beams. The very luminescence of which giving us a glimpse at the very threshold between the tangible and intangible.