Lot #034

Kuh Ledesma

The Silver Vine
signed (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
72” x 36” (183 cm x 91 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 30,000
HP + BP : Php 186,880
Provenance Acquired directly from the artist's daughter, Luisa Luz Lansigan, USA
Kuh discovered her love for painting as a young girl. But when she took up singing, painting was pushed aside. Decades later, as in recently, she took it up again, taking to acrylic and canvas with the same passion that has always marked her creative endeavors. Kuh the singer cum visual artist delivers a side of her that is quite unexpected: paintings done with strong, bold neutral colors that somehow manage to convey a sense and spirit that calms the soul. Even with her bold use of black and white, she evokes lush, languid images that are more than just pleasing to the eye. Viewing her works is therapeutic by itself, and one can now visually see the joy that exudes from Ledesma because each line and stroke refreshes — and uplifts — the viewer. The tonalities of the broad strokes, result in a feeling of freedom vastness and depth, while at the same time conveying a sense of spirituality and tranquility, two things that Kuh Ledesma tries to convey.
Kuh’s brushstrokes follow her fundamental, inherent visual aesthetic which is in step with her musical aesthetic.
For example, the voluptuous, sinuous shapes of the cello and the guitar, against a pitch-black darkness, serve as the hollowed empty space around which eddies a golden mass of circuitous and wavy lines, an elaborate gilded filigree creating a dizzying vibration.