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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Jim Orencio   (b.1969)

nang Dahil Sayo
signed and dated 2013 (lower left)
acrylic on canvas
48” x 24” (122 cm x 61 cm)


PHP 70,000

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Provenance: Leon Gallery, Leon Exchange 2nd Online Auction 2016, Lot 65; Acquired from the above by the present owner

          While using a singular style, the imagery of the portraits — in spirit — are as varied as the subjects themselves.  Rizal and Bonifacio represent the tail end of the Spanish colonial era, Aguinaldo represents the beginning of another era, the American Period, The art of Jim Orencio, represents the divergence on the matter of portraits, with one school practicing its academic and  classical form in painting, while another school explores possibilities and  nuances of the concept in contemporary photorealist approaches.   The subject from different vantage points.

          The color palette for the ruddy faces are as powerful as Andrew Wyeth  portraits.  Orencio is faithful to the truth even when actual historical  photographs are hard to come by.  The fame of the subjects notwithstanding, he still brings out in this triple portrait the typical earthy Filipino man.


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