Lot #007

Hernando R. Ocampo

signed and dated 1976 (lower right)
pen and ink on paper
10” x 14” (25 cm x 36 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 80,000
HP + BP : Php 93,440
Provenance Private Collection, Makati City
This small work presents his attempt at simplification of forms which finds its full expression over the years in his larger works. His art is described to be "abstract compositions of biological forms that seemed to oscillate, quiver, inflame and multiply" like mutations. Having had no formal training in art and never having left the country, he may have created some of the most creatively original work, described by Ricaredo Demetillo as “most expressively Filipino.”
Hernando Ruiz Ocampo was one of the pre-war Thirteen Moderns, a group of modernist artists founded by Victorio Edades in 1938. His art was to evolve to totally nonobjective themes and had abandoned figuration completely.