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Augusto "Gus" Besido Albor is a painter and sculptor who has made his work known both here and abroad. he was born on 28 August 1948 to Proceso Albor and Asuncion Besido in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He then married Teresa Bargielski, an American artist/writer, with whom he has three children.

In 1973, he graduated from the University of the East School of Music and Fine Arts. After 5 years, he earned a one-year British Council Study grant to the West Surrey College of Art in England.

As a painter, he has participated in major exhibitions and art events in the Philippines, USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Some of these events are: the First Selection of Philippine Art by the Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA), 1981; and 100 years of Philippine Painting Exhibition held at the Pacific Asia Museum, in Pasadena, California, 1984.

As a sculptor, he has produced works that exude a concern for combining and contrasting human-made materials and those from nature.

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          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Temple - M 19/16
            Jun. 08, 2024

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Temple - M 19/16

            Est: ₱1,600,000 - ₱2,080,000

            Temple - M 19/16 signed and dated 2016 (lower right and verso) acrylic on canvas 84" x 84" (213 cm x 213 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Private collection, Manila Convictions and Concepts Albor's Transcendental Abstraction Augusto Albor creates his abstracts with layers upon layers, via overlays and underlays, pouring color over color. His works are reflections on the metaphysical, depicting tension and calmness in one composition such as his 2016 work Temple - M 19/16. Critic Cid Reyes noted that Albor “regards his paintings as emanations of his conviction and concepts.” Albor relies on an innate sense of color to craft his minimalist canvases, creating a delicate interplay of color and surface geometry. His artistic practice has evolved into a refined visual system, allowing for an infinite array of vibrant hues set against neutral backgrounds. Initially gaining public recognition for paintings characterized by spontaneous sweeps of blacks and grays, Albor skillfully integrates surface and depth, showcasing virtuoso painterly brushwork guided by the precision of grids. This technique transforms the canvas into a field of high-keyed blacks, enriched in specific areas with delicate accents of blues and reds. In Albor's artistic realm, the surface of his work conjures a world where matter is distilled into a corroded field of energy, perpetually in a state of flux, transformation, and emergence. This deliberate departure from representational art allows Albor to embrace the intrinsic essence of abstract elements, unfettered by the constraints of mimicking the natural world. In essence, Albor's paintings serve as a testament to his unbridled creativity, where the canvas becomes a space for the exploration of fundamental abstract concepts, portraying a world in constant evolution. In this work, Albor faces the abyssal void of meaninglessness in order to formulate new meaning beyond conventional and traditional forms of language and communication. With the presence of an overarching use of whites and greys, the work shows how irreconcilable differences, despite the fact that each side has been made impure by the other, are merely two sides of the same coin. This painting prompts a more conceptual version of duality without the mystical obfuscation. What the work achieves is a bold and illuminating statement on how fundamental separateness of light and dark is not an objective truth, but an obfuscation of a truly transcendental reality. (Jed Daya)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled
            Mar. 09, 2024

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled

            Est: ₱280,000 - ₱364,000

            Untitled signed and dated 1997 (lower right) oil on canvas 40" x 31 1/2" (102 cm x 80 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank the artist for confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist WRITE UP: Augusto "Gus" Albor has cemented his place as a stalwart of the Philippine art scene. Throughout his illustrious career, Albor mounted almost yearly shows and created an impressive body of work that is distinctive for its minimal color registers, subtle details, and sensual musicality. It was in 1997, around the time of his show at the Finale Art File and West Galleries, that he created the lot in hand. An abstraction in its purest form, Albor holds precise control over the canvas with his accurate brushstrokes and restrained color schemes, utilizing overlays and underlays to imitate an effect of translucence and a pop of color. Minimalist as his works may be, his oeuvre is built on a painstaking foundation. “To achieve that Zen-like level of minimalism in one’s work, a maximalist work ethos is required,” Igan D’Bayan wrote in a Philstar article. Albor’s works undergo a process of distillation, of sifting through what is necessary to what isn’t and tirelessly pursuing it. Being simple, as The Crucible Gallery’s Sari Ortiga said, is so complicated, and Albor’s works are veritable proof of that. (Hannah Valiente)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Terminus-92
            Mar. 09, 2024

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Terminus-92

            Est: ₱220,000 - ₱286,000

            Terminus-92 signed and dated 1981 (bottom) mixed media 20 1/2" x 24 1/2" (52 cm x 62 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE: The Luz Gallery Galeria Lienzo WRITE UP: Abstractionist Augusto Albor is known for his captivating minimalist canvases. Along with his contemporaries, he adheres to the minimalist aesthetics set forth by the minimalist artists that came before them like Arturo Luz and Fernando Zobel – his works are restrained, impassioned, and elegant, with a startling discipline that manifests itself in his precise layering. This impressive control over the medium is displayed in the 1981 work Terminus-92. A streak of color peeks behind a thin layer of paint akin to a silk screen. One can imagine the painstaking effort Albor puts into this piece – first to color the vibrant piece and then to slowly layer the translucent paint enough to form a film but not enough to cover the colors completely. His art is electrifying and harmonious, with his influence succinctly described by no other than National Artist Arturo Luz as such: “Augusto Albor is quite simply the best that the Philippines has to offer.” (Hannah Valiente)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Temple
            Mar. 09, 2024

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Temple

            Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

            Temple signed and dated 2018 (lower right and verso), titled (verso) acrylic on canvas 48" x 48" (122 cm x 122 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank the artist for confirming the authenticity of this lot WRITE UP: Augusto Albor relies on an innate sense of color to craft his minimalist canvases, creating a delicate interplay of color and surface geometry. His artistic practice has evolved into a refined visual system, allowing for an infinite array of vibrant hues set against neutral backgrounds. Initially gaining public recognition for paintings characterized by spontaneous sweeps of blacks and grays, Albor skillfully integrates surface and depth, showcasing virtuoso painterly brushwork guided by the precision of grids. This technique transforms the canvas into a field of high-keyed blacks, enriched in specific areas with delicate accents of blues and reds. In Albor's artistic realm, the surface of his work conjures a world where matter is distilled into a corroded field of energy, perpetually in a state of flux, transformation, and emergence. This deliberate departure from representational art allows Albor to embrace the intrinsic essence of abstract elements, unfettered by the constraints of mimicking the natural world. In essence, Albor's Terminus paintings serve as a testament to his unbridled creativity, where the canvas becomes a space for the exploration of fundamental abstract concepts, portraying a world in constant evolution. (Jed Daya)

            Leon Gallery
          • WATERCOLOR BY ALBOR GUS, 1979
            Mar. 01, 2024

            WATERCOLOR BY ALBOR GUS, 1979

            Est: -

            ALBOR GUS (Naga City 1948) Astratto, 1979 China e acquerello su carta, cm. 30 x 40 Firma e data in basso a sinistra In cornice

            Casa d'Aste Babuino
          • Four Books on Filipino Art
            Jan. 21, 2024

            Four Books on Filipino Art

            Est: ₱4,000 - ₱5,200

            PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION i. Cid Reyes Immaterial The Art of Augusto Albor ii. Ang Kiukok: The Golden Years (1954-2004) Publisher: Ayala Museum, 2016 iii. Christiane L. de la Paz Artes de las Filipinas: Private Collections - Nude Woman by Victorio Edades casebound iv. Cid Reyes Celebrating The Artistic Journeys of Betsy Westendorp Metropolitan Museum of Manila & DLSU Publishing House, Philippines, 2021 softcover

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jan. 20, 2024

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

            Untitled signed and dated 2011 (lower right) charcoal on paper 17 1/2” x 11” (44 cm x 28 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Fixation-98
            Dec. 02, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Fixation-98

            Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

            Fixation-98 signed and dated 1979 (lower left) mixed media 24” x 32” (61 cm x 81 cm) WRITE UPPrevalent among the minimalist works of abstractionist Augusto Albor is the sheer simplicity of form, as well as vast spaces and areas of color. Upon closer look, Albor’s seemingly empty spaces are often fraught with textures— a character that evokes a tangible materiality and fixes the eye of the viewer, and thus facilitates a meditative experience of the work. In Immaterial, art critic Cid Reyes writes of the artist: “He has set for himself the insanely ambitious task of translating physics into painting. Indeed, it is a view into the seeming invisible. Abstraction, after all, is the language of the spirit...” When the language of the spirit is put into paint, abstraction then seems to teeter in between materiality and immateriality. Perhaps, such is exactly where Albor’s works like to situate themselves— ever floating in between, always here and there, and never to be fixed in place through its deliberately sparse manner of abstraction. As if in a clever act of poetic irony by the artist, the ‘fixation’ suggested by the title in this Albor piece then seems to disappear, curiously negating its own elusive existence. (Pie Tiausas)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - In The Midst of Time
            Sep. 09, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - In The Midst of Time

            Est: ₱600,000 - ₱780,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) In The Midst of Time signed and dated 2016 (lower left) acrylic on canvas 60” x 60” (152 cm x 152 cm) Augusto Albor is a visual artist notable for his contributions to the local art scene. His art bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary approaches, challenging conventional boundaries and pushing the limits of artistic expression. His works are rich in abstract and symbolic elements that will invite viewers to contemplate profound meanings, as observed here, In The Midst of Time. To portray the concept of time in paintings can be a complex artistic endeavor, as time is an abstract and intangible concept. For the lot at hand, Albor made use of symbolic elements to represent time and its transitory nature. The canvas is divided in two: one side is inscribed with texts and the other half is almost smooth in its appearance, suggesting a sign of weathering. The line in the middle holds a strategic position to emphasize transformation. Perhaps, the acrylic piece is pertaining to our planet’s progression, or, in a more sentimental tone, it alludes to the passage of time or fading memories. In 2016, Albor held three exhibitions: Cycles 001 at the University of the Philippines, Visayas, Here Distorted at the 1335MABINI, Manila, and The Ocean After Nature at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California. (Isabella Romarate)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jul. 29, 2023

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

            Confluence-10/10 signed and dated 2010 (lower left and verso) acrylic on canvas 10” x 10” (25 cm x 25 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jul. 29, 2023

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱160,000 - ₱208,000

            Untitled signed and dated 1987 (upper center) oil on canvas 27” x 22” (69 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jul. 29, 2023

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            Elements in Time signed and dated 2021 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 26” x 36” (66 cm x 91 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jun. 17, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱240,000 - ₱312,000

            The End of the Word, Not the World signed and dated 2011 (verso) mixed media on canvas 42” x 32” (107 cm x 81 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank the artist for confirming the authenticity of this lot Augusto Albor’s oeuvres are never meant to be a window into the visible reality. His art is committed to exploring the capacity of color to create a realm of sensation and insight. The End of the Word, Not the World is among his works that were able to formulate new meanings beyond conventional and traditional forms of language and communication. On the mostly gray canvas, an overarching presence of white results in the inexpressibility of the abstraction. Still, the painting is able to achieve a bold and illuminating statement on how the fundamental separateness of light and dark is not an objective truth, but an obfuscation of a transcendental reality. “As we all know, modern art is about new ideas — it has become the mantra of some artists whose visions aim for progress — navigate an open-ended channel. Therefore we grow and mature collectively, we come up with our own unique visual language,” Albor once said. In 2011, when this mixed media piece was made, Albor held solo shows titled “Sorry for the Inconvenience” at the Nova Gallery in Makati and “Run Fish Run” at the Gallery Orange in Bacolod. He was also included in three international group exhibits held in Seoul, Barcelona, and Gijon. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jun. 17, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱240,000 - ₱312,000

            Temple signed and dated 2018 (verso) acrylic on canvas 48" x 36" (122 cm x 91 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank the artist for confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Private Collection, Manila Augusto Albor, throughout his artistic career, strives to stand out with his unique vision in minimalist abstraction. This is evident in his use of space, the sparseness of presences, and an apparent attitude toward art. His oeuvres are imbued with a sustained energy that is at once calming and invigorating, integrating the wonders of pictorial space that opens up all the possibilities of a mode of painting that has no need for the armature of form and color. For him, he is not a mere abstractionist but a painter of imagined realities. As such, this acrylic on canvas piece titled Temple is among the works that adhere to his distinct minimalist abstraction. His other work that bears the same name, Temple-R7, was made with inspiration from culture and history, particularly on found objects such as Oriental ceramics, Indonesian textiles, and Southeast Asian architecture. That piece was an ode to his mentor, the modernist Florencio B. Concepcion, a master of acrylic painting. Albor always made an effort to make each work one of a kind in its expression, letting the art speak for itself and leading the viewer into an attentive and contemplative state. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jun. 17, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱500,000 - ₱650,000

            PROPERTY FROM THE GRACE KALAW KATIGBAK COLLECTION Etherfield signed and dated 1996 (upper right and verso) acrylic on canvas 72" x 72" (183 cm x 183 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank the artist for confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist LITERATURE: Reyes, Cid. Immaterial: The Art of Augusto Albor. Mandaluyong City: Artinformal, 2010. Full-color photograph and painting description on page 69. The abstract oeuvres of Augusto Albor show universal themes or “liberating forces” — time and place, emotion and memory, and transition and permanence. His Ether Series is created out of his explorations on the expressive qualities of muted colors, space, and texture. In this 1996 work titled Etherfield, the subtleties of the aforementioned expressive qualities are treated with his distinct focus on the pursuance of an imagined image as he visualizes elements that fill ethereal regions of space. The canvas is blanketed with a predominance of gray that evokes luminance and invites the viewer to look inward, into a state of sustained meditation. Albor, along with the younger generation of abstract artists, continues to adhere to the minimalist aesthetics that were championed by the country’s foremost abstractionists, such as Fernando Zóbel, Arturo Luz, and Leandro Locsin. Also, situating Albor’s works with those of Rothkho, Cid Reyes wrote that he is among the foremost abstract artists who believed that painting is an instrument for conveying emotions and an exposition of one’s existence. He “regards his paintings as emanations of his conviction and concepts,” the art critic noted. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Untitled
            Apr. 22, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Untitled

            Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 1999 (lower left) mixed media on canvas 11” x 7 3/4” (28 cm x 20 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Feb. 18, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Fusion signed and dated 1981 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 37” x 40 1/2” (94 cm x 103 cm) PROVENANCE León Gallery,The Magnificent September Auction 2016, Makati City, 10 September 2016, Lot 6 Augusto Albor has been known for his powerfully captivating abstract works. His use of space and color exhibits a restrained, impassioned elegance. Combining the chaos of this very composition with elements of neoplasticism, Albor displays his control of the medium, precisely plotting and layering every addition to the piece to complete the cohesive dynamic of the whole. An internationally exhibited and renowned painter, Albor has featured in numerous exhibitions and events in the Philippines, USA, Germany, France, and Japan, to name a few. This very piece is from 1981, the same year Albor participated in the major exhibition; the First Selection of Philippine Art by the Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA).

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Feb. 18, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱220,000 - ₱286,000

            PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A DISTINGUISHED COUPLE Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Element in Time #2 signed and dated 1995 (upper left and verso) acrylic on canvas 33" x 33" (84 cm x 84 cm) Augusto Albor’s works are never meant to be a window into the visible reality. His art is committed to the ambitious task of translating physics into painting. And as an artist who is grounded in the imageless image, his acrylic piece entitled Element in Time #2 is a view into the seemingly invisible. His use of the color gray adds to the inexpressibility of the abstraction. Gray is the color of intellect: exuding such qualities as refinement, enigma, and restraint. “Abstraction, after all, is a language of the spirit, but the practice of which, alas, can easily lead to a visual sorry mess, as if the artist had painted with his eyes closed and hoped for the best,” wrote Cid Reyes on the exhibition catalog for Albor’s “Era.” “As we all know, modern art is about new ideas — it has become the mantra of some artists whose visions aim for progress — navigate an open-ended channel. Therefore we grow and mature collectively, we come up with our own unique visual language,” Albor said. In 1995, when this piece was made, Albor held a solo show titled “Lie Detector” at the Crucible Gallery and was in a group exhibit titled “Albor, Olazo, Lao” at The Luz Gallery. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Feb. 18, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Expanse signed and dated 2001 (upper left and verso) mixed media on canvas 10" x 18" (25 cm x 46 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot Augusto “Gus” Albor is a master of direct, expressive restraint. Minimal in approach, his oeuvres reveal enigmatic and meditative qualities, making one absorbed in its intrinsic simplicity. Albor’s minimalist abstract expressionism does not overwhelm his viewers with loud colors and dissonant lines, and his aesthetic speaks volumes to viewers who seek a calm, serene rendering of raw visual elements. True to his artistic style, Albor never fails to make his piece unique in its expression by creating a captivating and immersive experience for the audience as his art speaks freely for what it means. In this 2001 piece titled Expanse, the composition exhibits minimalism and the dominant use of his signature colors: black, white, gray, and brown – each possessing a significant meaning. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jan. 21, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱45,000 - ₱58,500

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Abstract signed and dated 2004 (lower left) acrylic on canvas 12” x 7 1/2” (30 cm x 19 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jan. 21, 2023

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Untitled Illumination signed and dated 1992 (bottom and verso) acrylic on canvas 31” x 31” (79 cm x 79 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Illumination #2
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Illumination #2

            Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

            Illumination #2 signed and dated 1992 (upper right and verso) acrylic on canvas 53"x53"(135cmx135cm) A mix of allure and enigma is the art of Augusto “Gus” Albor. As an artist, his core philosophy adheres to meditation and contemplation. Although his oeuvres concentrate on the informal elements of art, it evokes aggressive rawness in the way it depicts a lack or absence of form. His style is also characterized by the use of neutral colors similar in tone or intensity, as well as large formats and simplified compositions. The color spectrum is redefined to make his works inexpressive, conceptual, and non-referential. And, his usage of paint in his pieces is all but sparse, as the textural treatment of his work exhibits a sense of rawness. As seen in his works, Albor allows the audience to naturally give an immediate visual response — to experience all the pure qualities of color, form, space, and materials; to explore without the distraction of composition, theme, and other factors. In Illumination #2, along with the penetrating presence of white, are the already radiant glows of red and blue. Black, gray, and white are the colors constant in most Albor pieces, each holding a symbolic meaning. However, this somber canvas, illuminated by three brilliant hues, welcomes its audience to formulate a personal meaning in its enchanting blend of expression and restraint. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Temple (JV)
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Temple (JV)

            Est: ₱450,000 - ₱585,000

            Temple (JV) signed and dated 2016 (lower left and verso) acrylic on canvas 60" x 60" (152 cm x 152 cm) PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist An acclaimed artist of abstract minimalism, Augusto “Gus” Albor approaches his work with a meditative aesthetic, a chance to explore various themes. The austerity of his palette and technique reveals the influence of the Minimalist School. Although some abstract artists contend to create paintings as products, Albor sees his oeuvres as expressions of his beliefs and an exposition of his existence. Thus, an Albor piece is filled with visual experience, inviting its audience to seek its perplexing interpretations. The piece titled Temple (JV) confronts the abyss of meaninglessness in order to portray new meanings outside of conventional and established means of expression. The canvas rests at the tranquility of its pale background, indifferent to the subdued horizontal lines and shades at the side of the canvas that seem like rusts. In every Albor painting, the achromatic colors black, gray, and white are symbolic to his art. As often described, Albor’s black signifies “consuming.” Gray, according to Cid Reyes, connotes the “inexpressible.” A color that contrasts with black and is bland compared to gray, the white in Albor’s compositions could be an interpretation for “desolation.” (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) "Temperature" V-R
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) "Temperature" V-R

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            "Temperature" V-R signed and dated 2007 (lower right and verso) mixed media 36" x 36" (91 cm x 91 cm) Augusto “Gus” Albor is one of the prominent abstract Filipino painters working today. He strives to stand out with his own interpretation on minimalist abstraction and an aesthetic that features a unique use of space. Although abstract minimalist in his approach, his usage of paint in his pieces is all but sparse, as the textural treatment of his work exhibits a sense of rawness. As a result, his art evokes an enigmatic visual experience, one that provides him the freedom to explore the possibilities of abstraction as well as outside the existing notions of art. “Temperature” V-R exhibits the artistic execution of Albor in terms of approach and philosophy. A single shade of gray pervades the canvas, and in the middle is a red line. An allusion to a thermometer, the red line is responsible for the changes in temperature and the creation of different atmospheres — one side is filled with what looks like smoke, and the other, completely empty. However, does it indicate the division of a whole? Or, perhaps, unification? The red line is evocative of the iconic element in Barnett Newman’s art, “zip” as he called it, which indicates a merging or union of the canvas. The beauty in Albor’s art is that it is free from being confined to a specific art movement, safe from conventional contexts and imitation. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Upward Bound
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Upward Bound

            Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

            Upward Bound signed and dated 1990 (lower left and verso) acrylic on paper 23" x 17" (58 cm x 43 cm) Albor’s art-making always avoided representation; his oeuvre has always been a steady progression away from objects and external reference. His visual language progressed to create works in different shades but of the same neutral color. He is best known for his dominantly textured paintings which in this instance have been washed out to a near off white chalkiness. The effect of diffusion of neutral colors is Albor’s manner of working with minimalism as the end goal. While gestural strokes add to the complexity of the surface meanings of his canvases, the twin ideas of disintegration and renewal are vital to the understanding of his philosophy. Because Albor’s minimalist abstract expressionism does not overwhelm his viewers with strong, brash color and abrupt, confusing lines, his aesthetic speaks volumes to viewers that seek a calm, serene rendering of raw visual elements. (J.D.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Expanse E
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Expanse E

            Est: ₱500,000 - ₱650,000

            Expanse E signed and dated 2010 (lower right and verso) mixed media 78" x 60" (198 cm x 152 cm) Augusto Albor is an artist whose renowned works contributed to the artworld both in the local and international scene. His signature approach to minimalist abstraction incorporates some elements of the Suprematism and Neoplasticism. For that, Albor’s art was once described as “being preoccupied with articulating a surface of great attentiveness while his current interest is directed towards the metaphysical.” His oeuvres excels on the absence of premeditated structure, concept, or approach than a mere casual or relaxed abstraction. This is evident in his distinct use of space, the sparseness of presences, and an apparent attitude towards art. He also explores the capacity of color to create a realm of sensation and insight. As a result, Albor allowed the colors in his canvas the illusion of atmospheric space. In Expanse E, Albor presents a new meaning into the contrast of dark and light. The canvas is divided into half, prompting a geometric version of “yin-and-yang” without the mystical obfuscation. The left side is almost achromatic and the right side is bold in gold. Albor never fails to make his works unique in its expression by creating an alluring and immersive experience for viewers as the art speaks freely for what it means. This mixed media piece is a meditative evocation best appreciated in perfect silence and solitude. Inspired by his studies in the University of the East School of Music and Fine Arts and in the West Surrey College of Arts in England, the fine artist later earned the CCP Thirteen Artist Award in 1976. Then in 2010, Albor participated in a total of six exhibitions, and one of which was held in Hong Kong. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Oct. 22, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Alab - 3 signed and dated 1983 (lower center) watercolor on paper 28” x 21 3/4” (71 cm x 55 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Oct. 22, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Pastel 31 signed and dated England 1978 (lower center) mixed media 13 3/4” x 18 1/2” (35 cm x 47 cm) PROVENANCE The Luz Gallery

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Terminus
            Sep. 10, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Terminus

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Terminus signed and dated 1986 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 30" x 30" (76 cm x 76 cm) The works of Augusto “Gus” Albor intentionally lack expressive content, concentrating more on the informal elements of art. As seen in his oeuvres, Albor allows the audience to naturally give an immediate visual response — to experience all the pure qualities of color, form, space, and materials; to explore without the distraction of composition, theme, and other factors. In this early painting of Albor, made in 1986, an abyssal void of meaninglessness is confronted in order to formulate new meaning beyond conventional and traditional forms of language and communication. The approach has allowed Albor’s art to speak more freely — welcoming his audience to partake in his alluring blend of expression and restraint. Also, the color spectrum is redefined to make his works inexpressive, conceptual, and non-referential. The use of colors gray, black, and white are constant to most Albor pieces, each of the colors holding a symbolic meaning. As for this piece, however, the color brown dominates the canvas. According to color psychology, brown is often seen as solid, like land. And, it's a color often associated with resilience, security, and safety or even feelings of loneliness, sadness, and isolation. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor - Expanse
            Sep. 10, 2022

            Augusto Albor - Expanse

            Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

            Augusto Albor Expanse signed and dated 2004 (lower left) acrylic on acid-free 300gsm paper 15 1/2" x 22" (39 cm x 56 cm) Augusto “Gus” Albor is a master of direct, expressive restraint. Minimal in approach, his oeuvres reveal enigmatic and meditative qualities, making one absorbed in its intrinsic simplicity. Albor’s minimalist abstract expressionism does not overwhelm his viewers with loud colors and dissonant lines, and his aesthetic speaks volumes to viewers who seek a calm, serene rendering of raw visual elements. True to his artistic style, Albor’s compositions exhibit minimalism and the dominant use of his signature colors: black, white, and gray – each possessing a significant meaning. In this 2004 piece titled Expanse, a mystifying amorphous shape forming inside the void is contained in a white-outlined rectangle. However, both the glowing f igure and its cage are actually within a bigger and thicker rectangle, as if to ensure the prevention of its expansion. (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jul. 30, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower right) silicone & acrylic on sackcloth on marine plywood 17” x 19 1/2” (43 cm x 49 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jul. 30, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Terminus signed and dated 1981 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 36” x 48” (91 cm x 122 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jun. 11, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱80,000 - ₱104,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) a) Untitled b) Temporal signed and dated 2004 (lower left) each mixed media on canvas 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) each In these two works, Albor does not only showcase the diverse possibilities of his approach, but also how his practice can create juxtaposing pieces that stem from the same philosophy. Here, one work is created through a thick and almost spontaneous layer of paint. While the other piece reflects the much more meditative side of Albor’s approach as it features a seemingly slowly expanding circle. As in Zen art, the viewer’s interpretation of visual elements adds to the art work as a visual experience pregnant with enigmatic meanings, despite its minimalism Albor's art-making always avoided representation, his oeuvre has always been a steady progression away from objects and external reference. His visual language progressed to works in different shades of the same neutral color. Albor is best known for his dominantly gray paintings. In this piece, Albor seemingly confronts the aesthetic potentialities of minimalism by showcasing two images side by side, one featuring Albor’s more experimentations with color and shape, and another utilizing Albor’s trademark use of white. Albor’s piece and use of space suggests a certain narrative arc at play, one that reflects Albor’s musings regarding art as it enters a new era. (J.D.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948)
            Jun. 11, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) 1978-II signed and dated 1978 (lower left) oil and acrylic on canvas 40" x 48" (102 cm x 122 cm) PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist An acclaimed artist of abstract minimalism, Augusto “Gus” Albor approaches his work with a rigid yet meditative quality, a chance to explore various themes. The austerity of his palette and technique reveals the influence of the Minimalist School. Although most abstract artists contend to create works of art as products, Albor sees his paintings as expressions of his beliefs and an exposition of his existence. Thus, the audience's interpretations of his artwork add to the visual experience filled with perplexing meanings. In this 1978 piece, the canvas rests at the tranquility of its pale background, uncaring of the subdued linework and striking dashes of white. It confronts the abyss of meaninglessness in order to portray new meanings outside of conventional and established means of language and communication. In every Albor painting, the colors black, gray, and white are symbolic of his style. As often described, black signifies an essence of “consuming” whereas gray, according to Cid Reyes, connotes the “inexpressible.” If so, then white, a color contrasting with black and more unsaturated than gray, could be an interpretation for "desolation." In the year this piece was completed, the 30-year-old Gus Albor underwent a one-term study grant at the British Council at West Surrey College of Arts and Design in the United Kingdom. A year after, he staged three prominent exhibits that defined his artistic career: Recent Paintings held at the Nachrichten-Treff Gallery in Düsseldorf, West Germany and at The Luz Gallery in Makati, Philippines, and Watercolours held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The masterpieces of Gus Albor are given justice by the persons who have known him for years and have worked closely with his oeuvre. One of them is the National Artist Arturo Luz who once went out of his comfort zone way back in the 70s to find the distant studio of Albor. He said, "August Albor is quite simply the best that the Philippines has to offer.” (P.I.R.)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled (Nude)
            Apr. 23, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled (Nude)

            Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled (Nude) signed and dated (upper left) charcoal on paper 7” x 10” (18 cm x 25 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Atelier Aviado confirming the authenticity of this lot

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled
            Apr. 23, 2022

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled

            Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower left) charcoal on paper 27” x 19 1/2” (69 cm x 50 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor, Oscillation
            Mar. 30, 2022

            Augusto Albor, Oscillation

            Est: $2,000 - $3,000

            Augusto Albor Oscillation mixed media on aluminium 33.5 h × 33.5 w in (85 × 85 cm) Signed to lower right 'Albor'. Signed and titled to verso 'Oscillation A.B. Albor'. This work will ship from Rago in Lambertville, New Jersey. condition: Work is in good overall condition. Thin scratches throughout surface inherent to materials used. Work presents as artist intended. Unframed.

            Rago Arts and Auction Center
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Time and Distance
            Mar. 05, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Time and Distance

            Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

            Time and Distance signed and dated 2017 (verso) plexiglass and aluminum plate 48" x 40" (122 cm x 102 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE 1335 Mabini EXHIBITED 1335 Mabini, Notes of Dissent, Manila, February 17 to March 17, 2017 An artist skilled as a sculptor and painter, Augusto Belsido Albor is one who contributed to the artworld both locally and internationally with his signature use of minimalist abstraction that incorporates some elements of Suprematism and Neoplasticism with each of his works. Inspired by his studies in the University of the East School of Music and Fine Arts and in the West Surrey College of Arts in England, Albor later earned the CCP Thirteen Artist Award. With this prestige, he became part of many major exhibitions both local and in places such as The United States, China, Japan, Germany, and other places across the world. Through his career, Albor always strived to stand out with his unique take of minimalist abstraction. His art was once described as; “being preoccupied with articulating a surface of great attentiveness while his current interest is directed towards the metaphysical”. This particular piece entitled; “Time and Distance” is an example of Albor’s execution of his style and philosophy when it comes to creating and expressing art. Through the vague minimalist use of the painting divided in black and white with gray shades painted within different sections of the canvas yet captivating dynamic play of these colors and their placement, the art invites viewers to immerse themselves within the work. They are removed from the real world and through the unique choices of placements of the shading and coloring are left to contemplate more on the meaning behind the work. Albor always made an effort to make his works unique in its expression by creating an alluring and immersive experience for viewers as the art speaks freely for what it means.

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948)
            Jan. 29, 2022

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948)

            Est: ₱5,000 - ₱6,500

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Nude signed and dated 2014 (lower right) charcoal on paper 14” x 21” (36 cm x 53 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) a) Expanse D b) Expanse C c) Redspeed in B Minor
            Dec. 04, 2021

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) a) Expanse D b) Expanse C c) Redspeed in B Minor

            Est: ₱160,000 - ₱208,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) a) Expanse D signed and dated 2005 (lower left) acrylic on canvas 12" x 9" (30 cm x 23 cm) b) Expanse C signed and dated 2005 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 12" x 9" (30 cm x 23 cm) c) Redspeed in B Minor signed and dated 2009 (lower left) acrylic on canvas 12" x 10" (30 cm x 25 cm)   The tonal quality of Augusto Albor’s works have always been powerful. There is a very robust, yet subtle approach to Albor’s canvas, where he uses not lines and colors to emphasize detail in his work, but rather he lets the artwork speak in volumes. The work’s surface gives it a humbling, meditative ambiance, the viewers are then left in the stark emptiness to contemplate. Knowing that Albor has been exploring the capacity of color to fashion a realm of sensation and insight, it is seen in this set of works, he formulated new meaning beyond conventional and traditional forms of language and communication. Because of how his minimalist abstract expressionism does not overwhelm his viewers with strong, brash colors and abrupt, confusing lines, his aesthetic speaks volumes to viewers that seek a calm, serene rendering of raw visual elements.

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Sound Waves
            Dec. 04, 2021

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Sound Waves

            Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Sound Waves signed and dated 2021 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 39" x 39" (99 cm x 99 cm) One of the country’s foremost minimalists, Augusto “Gus” Albor has been engaged in what he defines as a “never-ending journey of experimentation and exploration for over forty years,” making him a master of his art. Curator Raymundo Albano described his art as “articulating a surface of great attentiveness” while being preoccupied with the metaphysical. Through texture, color, line, space, finish, and composition, he has expressed the non-objective in his oeuvre, allowing the audience to interface with his work at the sensory, conceptual, and emotive levels with immediacy, refusing to be mediated by references to subjects and narratives. In SoundWaves, the artist, who is also a flutist, delves into the order and pattern of something he is attuned to, allowing us a rare glimpse into something personal and referential; which is rare in his oeuvre. Using textures to create orderly patterns, we sense a rhythm made some soft by accents of color juxtaposing and contrasting with each other, allowing us a visual experience of something invisible.

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Ethereal Geometry (7)
            Dec. 04, 2021

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Ethereal Geometry (7)

            Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Ethereal Geometry (7) signed and dated 1999 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 37" x 30" (94 cm x 76 cm) PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Cebu City Augusto Albor creates his abstracts with layers upon layers, via overlays and underlays, pouring color over color. His works are reflections on the metaphysical, depicting tension and calmness in one composition such as his 1999 work Ethereal Geometry (7). Critic Cid Reyes noted that Albor “regards his paintings as emanations of his conviction and concepts.” His works evoke profound quietude, leading the viewer into an attentive and contemplative state. The late CCP curator Raymundo Albano also described Albor during his early artist phase as preoccupied with articulating a surface of great attentiveness while directed towards the metaphysical. No wonder, on this featured masterpiece, the subtleties of texture and light are treated with his distinct concentration upon pursuance of an imagined image as he visualizes elements that fill ethereal regions of space. One is directed into an expression of transition, impermanence, and spirituality. As what the artist shared in an interview with PhilStar Global, “You don’t have to limit yourself,” quips Gus. “It’s a neverending journey of exploration and experimentation.”

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude
            Oct. 16, 2021

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude

            Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude signed and dated 2005 (lower left) charcoal on paper 18” x 11 1/2” (46 cm x 29 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude
            Oct. 16, 2021

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude

            Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Nude signed and dated 2012 (lower right) charcoal on paper 14” x 10” (36 cm x 25 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled
            Oct. 16, 2021

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled

            Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower left) charcoal on paper 27” x 19 1/2” (69 cm x 50 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled
            Sep. 11, 2021

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled

            Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

            Gus Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 2001 (lower right) mixed media on canvas 72" x 36" (183 cm x 91 cm)   P 300,000 Provenance Private Collection, Manila   Augusto Albor’s art, mostly composed of borders on the abstracted images of floating, nothingness and view, is a gestural brushwork and existential angst of an abstract minimalist. His works are a deliberate lack of expressive content wherein, as the artist, he focuses on the informal elements of art making. Redefining the color spectrum to make his works inexpressive, conceptual, and non - referential which is seen on this oeuvre, Albor allows the audience to instinctively give an immediate visual response - to experience all the more the pure qualities of color, form, space and materials; to explore without the distraction of composition, theme, and other elements - stripped of all thematic or emotional content, just like what the he told PhilStar Global in a 2019 interview, “You don’t have to limit yourself … It’s a never - ending journey of exploration and experimentation,”- an evident outlook on his craftsmanship of turning the best out of a negative space, de - mystifying art in order to reveal its fundamental character where its reality, and what Gus Albor wanted - to portray to delineate space.

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled
            Jul. 16, 2021

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Untitled

            Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Untitled signed and dated 2011 (lower right) charcoal on paper 17 1/2” x 11” (44 cm x 28 cm)

            Leon Gallery
          • Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Abstract
            Jul. 16, 2021

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) - Abstract

            Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

            Augusto Albor (b. 1948) Abstract signed and dated, 1998 (lower right) graphite and oil on paper 12” x 10” (30 cm x 25 cm)

            Leon Gallery
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