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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Romulo Olazo   (1934-2015)

Diaphanous 537
signed and dated 1999 (lower right)
oil on canvas
24” x 36” (61 cm x 91 cm)


PHP 400,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          For decades, Romulo Olazo pursued abstraction concurrent with experimentations in different graphic techniques, thus giving him various bold directions of abstraction to pursue.

          Romulo Olazo began his Diaphanous series in the 1970s.  Influenced by his practice as a printmaker, Olazo developed the series as one of his signature forms of abstraction, using a monochromatic color scheme and translucent, gossamer overlapping shapes that can be likened to gauze or dragonfly wings creating an effect that was airy and delicate.

          In his explorations, Olazo has often modified the layering technique by crumpling and folding the delicate diaphanous tissues, by heightening tonal play in thin, sharp facets, and by  superimposing brisk gestural strokes to stimulate the surface.

          In”Diaphanous 537” (1999) we see bold, yet sheer, layers overlapping against the earthy rose red field.

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