Broadcast journalist Karen Davila finds herself drawn to art that leans toward abstraction—and then there’s her attraction to pieces with a lot of blues and reds. She says she started buying art in 2004. “They were just small pieces,” she tells ANCX. “I tried to stay true to what I loved and then developed new aesthetics and discovered new artists along the way.”
Staying true to what resonates with her the most may as well describe her choices from the León Gallery Magnificent September auction, which is being co-presented by ANCX. The León Gallery auction, launched in 2013, continues to make headlines in the art stratosphere with its broad spectrum of offerings—from Filipino Old Masters to rising contemporary artists.
In line with this, ANCX asked art collectors to share with us what caught their fancy from the September catalogue—their lists might guide you in your own choices.
We begin with the Headstart host, who says she would bid on the following works, “If I were loaded”:
Two pieces by National Artist for Visual Arts Jose Joya, including “Angeles,” signed and dated 1966
“Among the Filipino masters, Joya’s work resonates with me the most. I love abstract and he was extremely modern for his time. His works fit perfectly into any point in time in any home. I love blues, reds, but I also love monochromatic pieces.”
Hernando R. Ocampo’s “More on When Aries Became a Bull,” signed and dated 1978
“Ocampo’s signature curves and shapes are also my favorite. These colors are bold and solid.”
Romulo Olazo’s “Permutation Series II,” signed and dated 1994
Davila also chose pieces from abstractionist Romulo Olazo. The works plays with precise lines and harmonized geometric patterns in varying shades of blue.
Bernardo Pacquing’s untitled (Human Skeleton Series) piece, signed and dated 2009 (verso)
“The pieces I chose are similar—with Pacquing being somehow the most contemporary (and youngest),” Davila says. Pacquing abstraction goes against the conventional definition of this style, in that he juxtaposes non-representational images and forms derived from found objects.
Davila says she relies on emotions and instincts when choosing art works. “Whether it’s abstract or figurative—I just look at it for what it is,” she says. “Some pieces are majestic and breathtaking, and some are meant to be fun and young. And those are okay, too!”
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