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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Marcel Antonio  (b.1963)

Midsummer Night's Dream
signed (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
60” x 97” (152 cm x 246 cm)


PHP 800,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Hong Kong

          Marcel Antonio's works involve an almost surrealist dive into  mysterious themes, often utilizing images that combine myth  with reality, a non-literary tradition of storytelling.  The seeming stories behind his paintings also capture mainstream viewer's attention. 

          Meanings may arise, whether intended by the artist or not,  as a result of the intellectual association of objects — associations  that contribute to the total richness of the work.  For example,  the floor tiles in strict perspective recall the art of Pieter de Hooch.  

          The clown cum court jester at the right suggests the characters of the Commedia dell'arte.  A seated girl plays a lute or mandolin perhaps.  The mysterious trees seem to hold the diversity of subjects and objects altogether.  Curlicue pennants help heighten the dreamlike quirkiness of the work.

          The peacock at the lower right provides for an impossibly exotic punctuation mark.

          Marcel Antonio presents casual glimpses of figures somewhat  thoroughly absorbed within their characteristic surreal trappings.  His imagery is technically and compositionally unconventional in that the figures are given no more emphasis than any other aspect of their surreal setting.

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