The Magnificent September Auction 2015

September 12,2015 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Romulo Olazo  (1934-2015)

Diaphanous 285
signed and dated 1981 (lower right)
oil on canvas
24” x 32” (61 cm x 81 cm)


PHP 300,000

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This Diaphanous work from 1981 has a sweeping dynamic verve that lures the viewer, what with the light emanating from the arcs cum layers of warm oranges. Olazo succeeds over the seeming irreconcilability between the fragility of light and the dark expansiveness of space.
Viewing an Olazo work is a unique experience. The “Diaphanous” surface is layered, and always full of surprising structural directions, and an individual approach to color all his own offers emotional intonation while adding implied configurations of forms.

“…Dragonfly wings, sheets of gossamer veil or gauze, and even a symphony …” the analogies have been as endless as Olazo’s output. In principle, the Diaphanous can be reduced to its essential state: an aesthetic of light and shadow. As the word means a quality of sheer transparency, the works summon light, or perception of it, through layer upon layer of gauze-like radiance, all contained within the vessel of a rigorously shaped form.

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