The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2018

June 9,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines


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Hernando R. Ocampo  (1911–1978)

a.) Untitled 1
1974 (lower left)
pen and ink on paper
13 1/4” x 10 1/4” (34 cm x 26 cm)

b.) Untitled 2
1978 (lower left)

14 1/4” x 10 1/2” (36 cm x 27 cm)


PHP 40,000

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Private Collection, Manila

In these two works that H.R. Ocampo created in the successive years of 1977 and 1978, we see the fluted shapes of his abstraction set against the whiteness of the page, hovering in their elegant, eye-catching outlines. The work drawn in 1977 almost verges in figuration with its depiction of a nude torso, the suggestion of the bosom as well as an elongated arm with its notable fingers visible.

This work reveals how his abstract forms gesture at reality, which is one way of looking at and interpreting his body of work. The work drawn in 1978 may be characterized, however, as the National Artist’s pure abstraction: an open form that allows negative space to interact and to flow through the dynamic, organic shape replete with crests and troughs

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