Lot #004

Onib Olmedo

The Activists
signed and dated 1985 (lower left)
oil pastel, charcoal on paper
24 1/2” x 18 1/2” (62 cm x 47 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 60,000
HP + BP : Php 116,800
Authenticity This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Gisella Olmedo - Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot
Exhibited Ayala Museum, In My Life: Soul Portraits by Onib Olmedo, Ground Floor Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, 8 November 2010 – 16 January 2011
Literature In My Life: Soul Portraits by Onib Olmedo, Ayala Foundation Inc., Makati City, 2010, p. 64 (illustrated)
Onib Olmedo, among the most influential artists of his era, has been known for his unique, disfigured approach to art. Whether of the gruesome, pensive, or sensual, a strong emotional undertone exists in Olmedo’s creations — his characters, ever bearing of a perturbed disposition.
This work from 1985, though riddled with religious iconography, possesses a very strong hint of political intent. The three ladies, with their arms interlocked, stand behind what appears to be barbed wire — as if to signify protest. Of note is the fact that such period was a time of Political turmoil in the Philippines, making this work a ‘call to arms’ of sorts for Olmedo. A truly unique, and powerful work by the modern maestro.