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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Max Balatbat   (b.1978)

Harap Likod Ang Bakod
signed and dated 2018 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
36”x 36” (92 cm x 92 cm)


PHP 100,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          There is never a shortage of assortments of lines, shapes, textures and uneven surprises with  Max Balatbat’s abstractionist mind.  His visual interpretation creates a muscular aesthetic from  a combination of angular elements with a sculptural presence that contains a series of geometric compositions juggling his familiar dandelion holes, void black, dirty white and rough red motifs.

          The artist’s masterpieces serves as a registry, a form of remembering of his unique upbringing.  As the artist’s early creative formation took inspiration from the international cabaret, a brothel in Caloocan’s red light district where he spent an unusual younger years in the company of prostitutes and rug rats like him.  The random fabrics of his canvas embodies the many parallel experiences occurring at any one moment in the same scenario; its seediness full of anonymity.

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