Lot #005

David Medalla

Tree of Life
signed and dated 1969 (lower right)
watercolor on paper
17 1/2” x 11 1/2” (44 cm x 29 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 70,000
HP + BP : Php 256,960
Provenance A gift from Elvira Manahan to the present owner
Medalla interprets the mythic Tree of Life in his late naive cum primitives’ style. To the uninitiated, the tree would look no different from Matisse’s famous color cut-outs. It reflects both a modernist commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these. The concept of a tree of life is a widespread archetype in the world's mythologies, related to the concept of sacred tree more generally and hence in religious and philosophical tradition.
To the Ancient Egyptians, the Tree of Life represented the hierarchical chain of events that brought everything into existence. The spheres of the Tree of Life demonstrate the order, process, and method of creation. In Catholic Christianity, the Tree of Life represents the immaculate state of humanity free from corruption and Original Sin before the Fall. The "Tree of Immortality" is the tree of life motif as it appears in the Quran.