Asian Cultural Council Philippines Art Auction 2018

March 3,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Isabel Diaz  

signed (lower right)
oil on canvas
28 1/4” x 30” (71 cm x 76 cm)

PHP 100,000

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Private Collection, Manila

Isabel Diaz is an artist who enjoys the sporting life in a Contemporary mode, yet her painting evokes an equestrian ideal that is timeless. Distancing herself from the new and avant-garde in art, she dwelled in a visual world of flowers and the high life with its accoutrements and conviviality.
With her expressive renderings of dynamic three-dimensional forms, Diaz transmutes a singular-sporting scene into a poignant, enigmatic narrative. She never overworks her paintings yet the eternally delicate collision of drawing and color is always balanced in her works. The subject is rendered in bright neutral colors, and with the absence of fine details, as though seen through a gauze. It is figurative, but it is not quite Realism.
The elegant milieu Isabel Diaz portrayed is the one in which she lived. She stayed true to a time-proven approach to the art and craft of painting, as well as elegant, old-fashioned notions of the life of people of leisure.

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