The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Florencio B. Concepcion  (1933-2006)

Transcendental Reflection
signed and dated (lower left)
oil on canvas
60” x 60” (154 cm x 154 cm)


PHP 800,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

Florencio B. Concepcion was part of a new generation of painters
that emerged in the mid-sixties from the progressive post-war period.
Reticent, he was nevertheless a respected academic and art educator,
influencing artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao
Lian Ben.
This canvas, with its rich, sumptuous handling of paint, shares
some formal similarities with the school of Abstract Expressionism,
a movement he encountered through Arte Informal, the European
equivalent of Abstract Expressionism. This particular movement was
characterised by their limited use of color and multifarious textures,
with artists such as Mario Sironi, Giorgio Morandi and Ottone Rosai
as representatives.
It is perhaps not too much to say that equanimity & peace are hallmarks
of Concepcion’s work. Having adapted the Abstract Expressionist mode,
Florencio Concepcion’s art is one of evolution and transformation.
From impressionistic scenes at the onset of his career, he has made
works that are a result of his feelings and creativity — the energy that
radiates from his boldly colored canvas is that of serenity, a reflection
of his contentment as an artist.
Color-wise, the periphery shows precipitous strokes of scarlet red and
jade green, broken by an embossed light overlay highlighted by dabs
of white and dark green.

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