The Kingly Treasures Auction 2019

November 30,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

signed and dated 1980 (lower left)

acrylic on canvas

60" x 72" (152.50 cm x 183 cm)



PHP 800,000

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Albor relies on an innate sense of color to conjure his minimalist canvases—a gossamer interplay of color and surface geometry. He has honed his work to a visual system that allows for limitless combinations of vivid hues amid neutral black backgrounds.

Among the painters whose development proceeded from pure abstraction is Augusto Albor. He first came into public notice when he exhibited paintings characterized by haphazard swipes of blacks and grays in an inspired integration of surface and depth. This virtuoso painterly brushwork, controlled by the rigor of grids, opens the canvas as a field of high-keyed blacks, saturated in certain areas with spindly areas of blues and reds.

But of particular interest is the textural treatment in some areas of the work in which the greys are superimposed with the black areas that connote flux and the irreversible action of time and the elements. The literal vertical borders cum partitions which are part of, and at the same time, an alien element of the three-part painting separates the sections but also pulls the sections together as their common referent.

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