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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Onib Olmedo  (1937-1996)

Bar Scene
signed and dated 1976 (lower right)
oil on canvas
30” x 32” (61 cm x 91 cm)


PHP 240,000

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Private Collection, Manila

Onib Olmedo was one of the leading figurative expressionists of his time whose works were decidedly dark and maudlin. Distorted and disfigured were his characters — all bearing some form of psychological torment or trouble.
Yet, as Alice Guillermo wrote: “[his art had an] ennobling impact on the viewer: the message that no matter how desperate life may be, the human spirit will triumph in the end.”
In this somber piece, we see a man slumped in a bar after a night of drowning his sorrows.

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