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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Arturo Luz   (b.1926)

a.) Untitled 1 b.) Untitled 2

acrylic collage
36” x 24” (91 cm x 61 cm)


PHP 400,000

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Private Collection, Makati City

Arturo Luz is one of the few exponents of abstract art in the Philippines. He describes his works as "semi-representational and semi-abstract". Both his sculptures and paintings are characterized by simple lines and geometric forms. Among his peers and contemporaries such as Manansala, HR Ocampo and Legaspi, he was the one who veered towards pure abstraction. His Minimalism was a stark contrast to works of other artists who had a preference for bright colors and canvases full of forms from corner to corner. Luz's aesthetic sensibilities were global and his subjects morphed from recognizable objects to mere artistic elements like lines and forms.
These two elegant works or diptych are reminiscent of the playful grafitti-like paintings of Swiss German Paul Klee and the doodle paintings of Spaniard Joan Miro. Luz's paintings are collages which explore the use of material in expressing basic element of painting — in the case of this triptych, lines, form, and tone. His light lemon yellow squares are lighthearted elements and the only touch of color on the black background, while the doodles and scribbles explore tonality — the gradations of shades from white to black and gray; and gradations of white, cream to yellow. The touch of yellow on black almost looks like mod yellow earrings that perk up a little black dress.

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