signed and dated 1984 (lower left)
oil on canvas
36" x 36" (91 cm x 91 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Manila
Vibrancy via movement and balance in every oeuvre that he crafts, Florencio Concepcion originally painted impressionistic scenes but became drawn to abstraction in the 1950s. A watercolorist, photographer, sculptor, and a master of figure drawing and expressionism, Concepcion, was part of a new generation of painters that emerged in the mid-Sixties from the progressive postwar period. Reticent, he was nevertheless a respected academic and art educator, influencing artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben.
A Fine Arts Alumnus of the University of the Philippines and a scholar of the Italian government at Academie di Belle Arte in Rome, he taught and became the dean of the School of Fine Arts of the University of the East until his retirement in 1994.
Yellow Harvest integrates self-restraint of color palette leading to masterful color harmonies; even in his palette richer chromas during the 1980s, Concepcion does not veer into wild complementary juxtapositions. One can experience an engaging deep sense of serenity and security, similar to a flowing stream from above, but rendered in a warm or cool-toned chromatic range.