Spectator by Mark Justiniani courtesy of Leon Gallery
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What would they bid on? Dr. Steve Lim picks from the Leon Gallery Spectacular Mid-Year Auction

The mover behind the online auction group Art Rocks reveals the kind of art that catches his fancy.
ANCX | Jun 09 2020

Art enthusiast Dr. Steve Lim is the founder of Art Rocks, a group of art buyers from various fields who on Viber exchange their appreciation of fine objects, even occasionally engaging in their own mini-auction. The group began from a small group of doctors who could not squeeze in an art exhibition into their busy schedules. With the cooperation of art galleries, photos of featured art works are sent to the group for their appreciation and eventual purchase.

We’ve asked noted art lovers including Dr. Steve Lim to single out their top choices among 125 pieces to be auctioned in the upcoming Leon Gallery Spectacular Mid Year Auction. The auction will be held this June 20.

Leon Gallery is the country’s most trusted auction house,  showcasing the best in Philippine Art from the masters of yore to the contemporary superstars of today. Viewing their auction pieces is a scintillating visual treat and a walk through Philippine history.

Here are Dr. Steve Lim’s top picks:

Goddesses by Malang, Ang Kiukok, Yonzon

Aside from being a rare, larger-than-life collaboration of Ang Kiukok, Malang, and Hugo Yonzon, this resplendent visual triumph holds a remarkable story of friendship, reconciliation, and poker—enough to get me exceedingly excited and extraordinarily curious.

 

Red Blue and White Stripes Swimming Amongst the White Circles by Marina Cruz

Each intricate fold in Marina Cruz’s hyperrealism pays homage to a personal memory of universal truth and unconditional love.

 

Spectator by Mark Justiniani

The carefully painted social figurativism in each Mark Justiniani portrait never fails to render and capture existentialism in acerbic wit.

 

Andres Barrioquinto

Andres Barrioquinto never stops until he perfectly blends carefully selected, profound Japanese-inspired iconographies in a quivering palette with his signature alabastrine figures to create an arresting hyperrealist portrait.

 

The Audacious Future by Mark Aran Reyes

Combining technical precision and sophisticated minimalism, Marc Aran Reyes carefully chooses and paints his isolated subject in a vast but desolate personal space to create a deafening visual silence that, interestingly, arouses universal appeal.

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Goddesses by Malang, Ang Kiukok, Yonzon

Signed by Malang (lower right) 1974, oil on panel, 72” x 144” (183 cm x 366 cm). Starting Bid Rate Below.

Php 20,000,000 Register now to bid!
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Spectator by Mark Justiniani

Signed and dated 2013 (lower left), oil on canvas, 57” x 90” (145 cm x 229 cm). Starting Bid Rate Below.

Php 5,000,000 Register now to bid!
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The Audacious Future by Mark Aran Reyes

Signed and dated 2017 (lower right), oil on canvas, 60” x 120” (152 cm x 305 cm). Starting Bid Rate Below.

Php 1,000,000 Register now to bid!
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Red Blue and White Stripes Swimming Amongst the White Circle

Signed and dated 2018 (lower right), oil on canvas, 65” x 60” (165 cm x 152 cm). Starting Bid Rate Below.

Php 1,200,000 Register now to bid!
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Untitled by Andres Barrioquinto

Signed and dated 2019 (lower right), oil on canvas, 60” x 84” (152 cm x 213 cm). Starting Bid Rate Below.

Php 5,000,000 Register now to bid!
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View the Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2020 catalogue as well as register to bid now at www.leon-gallery.com.