Lot #035

Buen Calubayan

Curatorial Exercise: Unused Living Room
oil on canvas
36” x 36” (91 cm x 91 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 300,000
HP + BP : Php 642,400
One of the most successful mid-career artists, Buen Calubayan has constantly explored the liminal spaces between biography and history, between self and society. In this work, Calubayan situates a landscape painting within the context of the domestic sphere, exploring how art is subsumed into — and ultimately transcends — the dailiness of existence. The lushness and incandescence of his expressionistic strokes blur the line between environment and a depiction of such, re-energizing the medium of painting to contain highly charged conceptual forays into the nature of reality itself.