Lot 311
  • 311

Lao Lianben

Estimate
140,000 - 220,000 HKD
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Description

  • Lao Lianben
  • Substance
  • SIGNED LOWER LEFT; SIGNED, TITLED SUBSTANCE AND DATED 2010 ON THE REVERSE

  • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS LAID ON BOARD

  • 152.7 BY 122.2 CM.; 60 BY 48 IN.

Condition

The painting is in good condition, as is the canvas, which is clear and taut. Examination under ultraviolet light reveals no indication of retouching. The paint layers are intact.
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Catalogue Note

Lao Lianben, painter of visual haikus, captures only what is essential—no more and no less—in subtle, clutter-free canvases. An acknowledged master of Philippine non-representative art, Lianben has been creating textured monochrome paintings for 40 years. His muses are surprising in their simplicity. Before he begins, there is always a word, a sound, a shape haunting the hallways of his mind. Everyday wonders captivate him: the web of creases on a cracked wall or the patina of age on pottery. Lianben's paintings, though minimalist, are evocative translations of these deceptively pedestrian inspirations. Lianben's artistic ruminations result in works such as Substance, a work of possessed of a quiet and meditative splendor. Soothing to the eye and spirit, the white canvas features a central strip that gains momentum in both color and texture as it approaches the bottom edge. The furrows, whisker-fine at the outset, gather and morph into a thick, bark-like skin—a temptation to touch. Substance is defined by this one detail and the emotional depth the artist achieves in this painting is unexpected given its starkness. Lianben likes to say that he works via subtraction rather than addition: he removes elements from his paintings until nothing else can be taken away.