Lot #020

Arturo Sanchez

Here Comes Hope For The Last Light Of The Day
signed, titled and dated 2012 (verso)
oil on canvas, collage on convex mirror
60” x 78” (152 cm x 198 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 100,000
HP + BP : Php 420,480
Provenance Sotheby’s Hongkong, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, Oct 7, 2012, Lot 242
Known for incorporating mirrors into his works, making the painting as essentially a reflective surface of the real, Arturo Sanchez exemplifies this technique with “Here Comes Hope for the Last Light of Day”. This work carries the trope further by making the mirror also as a ground of paint: circular portraits of people, among other odds and ends, floating against a black, catastrophic whirlwind that obliterates everything in its path. These constitute the pinpoints of “hope” at the face of an inevitable doom, vestiges of the living that persist collectively as an enduring record of humanity.