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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Florencio Concepcion   (1933-2006)

Metamorphosis of Blue and Green
signed and dated 1971 (lower left)
oil on canvas
41 1/2” x 83 1/2” (105 cm x 213 cm)


PHP 800,000

Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Instead of confronting the audience with glorified actual objects, Florencio B. Concepcion bombards his viewers with a soothing sea of colors painted in abstraction.  Serene would  be a fair word to describe his work Metamorphosis of Blue  and Green, a splash of the different hues of blue that equates the boundless seas, with hints of maritime vegetation as  represented by a flush of green shades.  A gradual shift from dusky to lighter shades of blue is evident, as if portraying  a creative duel of good and evil.  Concepcion’s talent in  brushwork and compositional arrangement is seen in his  tactical placement of shapes and gradation of colors.  Truly, it is a melodramatic work of art that induces psychological relaxation. 

          Master of Expression, Florencio B. Concepcion, was part  of a new generation of painters that emerged in the  mid-sixties from the progressive post-war period.  Reticent, he was nevertheless a respected academic and art educator, influencing artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben.

          The artist believes his paintings are like an autobiography,  a product of his feelings and his creativity.  Therefore, if his paintings calm the viewer, it’s because Concepcion himself  is a man at peace.

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