Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)
Untitled # 56
signed and dated 1984 (lower left)
24” x 36” (61 cm x 91 cm)
Private Collection, Makati City
The sense of festive exuberance, created by the polychrome layers, creates a visual experience quite different from the minimalist ethos of Olazo’s monochromatic diaphanous series. “Untitled # 56” comes as a pleasant diversion as there is none of the beckoning stillness that is made manifest in most of Olazo’s works.
With its reds and pinks over the blues and aquas with whites, this mixed media work is one of the select instances wherein Romulo Olazo creates a polychrome diaphanous composition while still featuring his signature layers that create overlapping patterns of relative transparency and density.
The filmy layers notwithstanding, the overall effect is the tension between light and dark, thereby producing ethereal optical tensions.
Even in this polychrome mixed media composition, Olazo strives to maintain a floating quality, a hovering series of effects, like whispery fusion of matter and illusion.