The Magnificent September Auction 2019

September 14,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Tony Mahilum   (1948-2008)

Barrio Scene
signed and dated 1994 (lower left)
oil on canvas
14”x 16” (36 cm x 41 cm)

PHP 70,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          The art of Tony Mahilum has always borne a  light-hearted air — a whimsicality in the busyness,  a sense of fulfillment in the toils.  In this work, we are welcomed into one of Mahilum’s archetypal landscapes.  

          The streets, teeming with people, exhibit no sense  of chaos nor disorder — not a single shroud of gloom nor angst present in the work.  In the near-utopic  composition, the market scene is lit up with a very  Filipino brilliance redolent of the tropical sun. The  populace contently, if not happily, enjoying the day’s events as they go about their seemingly perfect lives  in the idyll.

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