Lot #013

Augusto Albor

In the Midst of Time
signed and dated 2007 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
40” x 27 1/2” (102 cm x 70 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 140,000
HP + BP : Php 198,560
Known for producing orderly, minimal yet “rough” canvases, expectedly, Albor’s art continues to evolve with new ideas and corresponding shifts in his sensibility. The sophisticated balance of his restricted palette is enhanced by the uneven application of paint and the square format divided in two. The left half is in an almost monochromatic dark brown and the right half is a soft collision of white and blue strokes. Yet the severe regularity is so persistent that each subtle variation in the strokes on either side takes on special weight.
In doing so, the artist allowed colors the illusionism of being mere atmospheric space. Prim and restrained, the colors embody the artist’s primal sensibility: they are colors of Albor’s reflections and memories, capable of picking up occasional glints of colors. In 1976, he was a Thirteen Artists Awardee from the CCP.
As a painter, he has participated in major exhibitions and art events in the Philippines, USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Some of these events are: the First Selection of Philippine Art by the Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA), 1981; and 100 years of Philippine Painting Exhibition held at the Pacific Asia Museum, in Pasadena, California, 1984.