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Painter, b. 1933 - d. 2006

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    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jan. 20, 2024

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

      Nude signed (verso) oil on canvas 20" x 15 3/4" (51 cm x 40 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jan. 20, 2024

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

      Still Life signed and dated 1954 (lower left) oil on canvas 16" x 13" (41 cm x 33 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jan. 20, 2024

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

      Untitled signed and dated 1991 (lower left) oil on paper 40" x 29" (102 cm x 74 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by Nestor S. Concepcion confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jan. 20, 2024

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱35,000 - ₱45,500

      Abstraction signed and dated 1989 (lower left) oil on canvas 16" x 22" (41 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by Nestor S. Concepcion confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jan. 20, 2024

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

      Untitled signed (lower left) oil on canvas 23 1/4" x 18" (59 cm x 46 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - House of God
      Dec. 02, 2023

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - House of God

      Est: ₱220,000 - ₱286,000

      House of God signed and dated 1957 (lower left) oil on wood 26” x 18” (66 cm x 46 cm) PROVENANCE Philippine Art Gallery EXHIBITED Philippine Art Gallery, June 21 - 30, 1958 WRITE UPAn early work by Florencio B. Concepcion, House of God was made by the now-celebrated and revered abstractionist when he was 24 years old. Just five years prior, in 1953, Concepcion earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the Philippines. House of God captures Concepcion at the nascent stage of his artistic career, showing his affinity for modernism despite him being a graduate of the UP School of Fine Arts, considered the bastion of conservative art in the first half of the 20th century. The important sticker at the back of the painting notes that this work was exhibited at the storied Philippine Art Gallery from June 21 to 30, 1958. Being the country’s first art gallery solely dedicated to the cause of modern art, Concepcion saw the PAG as a springboard for eventual success; he even held his debut solo exhibition at the famed gallery in 1957, the year the work at hand was made. In a 1957 issue of This Week Magazine, Concepcion is described as a “young artist [who] is skilled in the use of both [oil and screen].” “He has won a number of art prizes both in and out of school, the latest being at the recently concluded Southeast Asia Art Competition sponsored by the Art Association of the Philippines,” the magazine continues. The work at hand sees Concepcion reprising one of his major works from his watershed show at the PAG, the oil painting titled San Sebastian, which was properly documented and featured in the aforementioned issue of This Week. The iconic San Sebastian Church, formally known as the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, in the historic district of Quiapo, Manila. Built in 1891, the basilica is renowned for its Gothic Revival architectural style and its distinction as the first and only all-steel church in Asia (It is also just the second all-steel structure in the world after the Eiffel Tower, which was completed just two years prior.). Managed by the Augustinian Recollects, who first arrived on Philippine shores in May 1606, the San Sebastian is home to the venerated Marian image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel, donated by Mexican Carmelite Sisters in 1617. The current all-steel structure was proposed in 1881 as a response to the disastrous earthquakes that ravaged the previous church structures. (There have been four iterations of San Sebastian. The first one, built in 1621 from nipa and bamboo, was destroyed by fire, while the third and fourth iterations were razed in the cataclysmic earthquakes of 1863 and 1880.). It was completed in 1891 and consecrated on August 15 of that same year, the feast of the Assumption. It was declared a basilica by Pope Leo XIII on June 24, 1890, one year before its completion. Being the sanctuary of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the San Sebastian is the site of the traditional Dungaw (“to view”), part of the annual Traslación of the Black Nazarene, in which the miraculous image of the suffering Christ stops briefly at Plaza del Carmen at the southwestern side of the basilica and “meets’’ with the image of the Our Lady, which is placed on an andas and then lifted by priests. This symbolic display of tradition and faith is a reenactment of the Fourth Station of the Cross: Christ, while carrying the Cross en route to Golgotha, meets His Mother. In this important early work, Concepcion captures the basilica’s magnificent steel façade, with its landmark Neo-Gothic openwork towers seemingly soaring to the heavens and suggesting its domination over the Downtown Manila skyline of the immediate post-war years. Traces of Concepcion’s trademark language of abstraction are almost absent in this work. However, one can notice the delicate and sublime swathes of yellows, whites, and greens prominent in Concepcion’s depiction of the heavens. An allusion to the divine, it can also be a likely foreshadowing of Concepcion’s ethereal and soothing language of abstract expressionism, a style he would foster and with which he would hone the talents of succeeding generations of abstractionists, including Augusto Albor and Lao Lianben. (Adrian Maranan)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Untitled
      Dec. 02, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Untitled

      Est: ₱700,000 - ₱910,000

      Untitled signed and dated 1986 (lower left) oil on canvas 35” x 34 1/2” (89 cm x 88 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Miriam Concepcion Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot. WRITE UPFlorencio B. Concepcion, a highly regarded academic and art educator, belonged to a cohort of emerging painters in the mid-sixties, arising from the dynamic post-war era. He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines and furthered his studies as a scholar of the Italian government at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome. As an influential figure, he inspired a subsequent generation of artists, including Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben. His artistic journey evolved from impressionistic scenes in the early stages of his career to embracing abstract expressionism in the 1950s. While Concepcion’s artworks are often lauded for their exquisite and ethereal quality, hinting at a metaphysical sense of euphoria, a more accurate understanding of his creations lies in perceiving them as processes rather than just outcomes. (Jed Daya)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Self-Portrait
      Dec. 02, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Self-Portrait

      Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

      Self-Portrait signed (lower left) oil on canvas 22 1/2” x 30 1/2” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Miriam Concepcion Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot. WRITE UPSelf-portraits are a challenging exercise in the visual arts but with its dark color palette, short brush strokes, and a sketch-like finish, Florencio B. Concepcion’s self-portrait stands out of the crowd. A fine arts graduate from the University of the Philippines, Concepcion furthered his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome before embarking a lifelong journey as an educator of the arts. This role put him, both as an artist and as an educator, firmly within the art history books. In his works, Concepcion prefers the dramatic and the psychological instead of the romantic. Through his abstract colors, brushwork and technique, Concepcion draws out the calmed spirit despite the predominance of darkness in his self-portrait. The mood is erratic with the sketch bringing in a sort of unfinished atmosphere to the painting, but the overall painting is cohesive and put together. Concepcion’s masterpieces are more than just his technical skill – he believes a successful work should evoke feelings to its viewers, stating, “A painting must move you. If you think while painting, you will produce a synthetic painting.” Throughout his career, Concepcion draws upon spontaneity in the creation of his works, achieving a truly authentic piece. (Hannah Valiente)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 21, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

      Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower left) oil on paper 19 1/4” x 29 1/4” (43 cm x 74 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 21, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Church of Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Saint William the Hermit signed and dated XCV (1995) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 21, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Church of San Joaquin (Ilo-ilo) signed and dated XCVII (1997) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 21, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

      a.) Nude signed and dated 1953 (lower left) oil on canvas 20” x 16” (51 cm x 41 cm) b.) Nude signed (verso) oil on canvas 15” x 11” (38 cm x 28 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 21, 2023

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

      Vendor signed and dated 1986 (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/2” x 16” (57 cm x 41 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by Nestor S. Concepcion confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Abstract
      Sep. 09, 2023

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Abstract

      Est: ₱1,000,000 - ₱1,300,000

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Abstract signed and dated 1968 (lower right) mixed media 39 1/2" x 47 1/4" (100 cm x 120 cm) Agreat mentor who honed the creative talents of Augusto Albor and Lao Lianben, Concepcion hailed from Tondo, Manila, and earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the Philippines in 1953. While in college, Concepcion had already started a professional art career, being an illustrator for comic magazines like Action, Halakhak, Pilipino, and Bulaklak. Concepcion would expand his creative horizons and pursue higher art studies after graduating from UP. He traveled to Rome, where he enrolled at the Regge Accademia di Belle Arti and became a scholar under the auspices of the Italian government. Concepcion would graduate in 1964, earning his Master of Fine Arts. Prior to Concepcion’s arrival in Italy, the dominant art style was the Arte Informale, which paralleled that of Abstract Expressionism in the United States. Arte Informale, a term coined in 1950 by the French art critic Michel Tapié, is characterized by intimations into the inherent expressiveness of gestural abstraction rather than the rigidity of traditional abstraction. The movement explored the endless possibilities of abstraction by weaving spontaneity and often using non-traditional mediums and materials. This resulted in avant-garde works that are semiotic in form, thus engendering a profound dialogue between material and subject. From the Arte Informale rose the Arte Povera movement (Italian for “poor art”), which had its prime years from 1967 to 1972. The Arte Povera traces its roots to Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, and Lucio Fontana, who all reacted against consumerism in a post-war world. Arte Povera is characterized by the use of everyday and/or naturally occurring materials, such as rags, soil, twigs, and leaves. While Arte Informale attacked traditional abstraction, Arte Povera significantly took it a step further, not only using unorthodox materials but more so protesting the commercialization of and consumerism in art (epitomized by the commercialized contemporary galleries) amid a major socio-political and socio-economic upheaval in Italy, which coincided with the global radicalization of the late 60s and 70s. During this time, Italy suffered from economic instability brought by the dominant political party of that time, the conservative Christian Democrats. In the decades prior, Italy had undergone an “economic miracle” after the devastation brought about by World War II. But that “economic miracle,” borne from post-war capitalist exploitation and further richening of industrial tycoons, resulted in inhumane working conditions for the laborers. The protests first happened in the universities, with students protesting job insecurities and instability for fresh graduates, and then spilled over to the factories and industrial centers. Italy was in a scramble as it experienced high inflation rates. Yet, capitalists provided low wages while laborers worked for longer hours. These protests gave birth to the “Hot Autumn” of 1969-70. It was in this militant milieu that Arte Povera was born. Its foremost artists included Michelangelo Pistoletto, who made the quintessential work of art of Arte Povera, the Venus of the Rags (1967), Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Piero Gilardi. Florencio B. Concepcion, who had been residing in Italy, became exposed to the radicalism of this era and made pieces imbued with the political spirit of the Arte Povera. Although we can see the traditional oil on canvas in this untitled 1968 work, Concepcion applies what is likely parchment paper or wax paper, which are commonly used in baking, cooking, and food storage, and places it on various parts of the canvas, resulting in wrinkled portions of the composition. By producing a work that conforms both to Concepcion’s socio-political sensibilities and artistic expressiveness, the artist professes that art can be accessible to all and can be made by all, and is not confined within the walls of commercialized galleries. In a world that has become increasingly commercialized and consumerist due to capitalist avarice, Arte Povera reinvigorated and gave a new life and message to art— the “aesthetics of the ordinary.” After all, art is part and parcel of our shared humanity; it is both a catalyst and a means of objection and protest against a world order that is ever-changing (for the worse). (Adrian Maranan)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Abstract
      Sep. 09, 2023

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Abstract

      Est: ₱600,000 - ₱780,000

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Abstract signed and dated 1975 (lower left) oil on canvas 24" x 34" (61 cm x 218 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Daniel Concepcion confirming the authenticity of this lot From the lot at hand, one can feel a deep sense of serenity and an atmosphere that brings comfort to the psyche. In his column, art critic Cid Reyes wrote that “in our cacophonous midst, there are still artists who recognize the imperative of silence, from whose works we can seek and find solace.” Florencio Concepcion was one of the artists he mentioned whose tranquil paintings are worthy of recognition. The fine artist at first painted impressionistic scenes before delving into abstraction in the 1950s. And, this oil painting dated 1975 somewhat manifests his transition to abstraction from impressionism. He also used in this piece a calming spectrum of hues and the fine-tuned brushwork that have become his trademark, thus revealing a poetic portrayal of a subject or scenery. For Concepcion, his works are a result of his sentiments and artistry, he even perceived them as processes rather than products. To truly appreciate a Concepcion piece, it is encouraged to see it in person and experience the mood it exudes. (Isabella Romarate)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jul. 29, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

      Nude signed and dated 1978 (lower left) watercolor on paper 14 1/2” x 10 1/2” (37 cm x 26 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jul. 29, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

      Abstract signed and dated 1994 (lower left) oil on paper 28 1/2” x 42” (72 cm x 107 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Nestor Concepcion Lazaro, son of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jul. 29, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱65,000 - ₱84,500

      a. Nude signed and dated 1961 (lower left) watercolor on paper 31” x 43 3/8” (79 cm x 110 cm) b. Nude signed and dated (lower left) watercolor on paper 31” x 43” (79 cm x 109 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jul. 29, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱24,000 - ₱31,200

      a. Nude signed and dated 1978 (lower left) watercolor on paper 15” x 22” (38 cm x 56 cm) b. Nude signed and dated 1989 (lower left) watercolor on paper 20” x 15” (51 cm x 38 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jun. 17, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱700,000 - ₱910,000

      Untitled signed (lower left) oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91 cm x 91 cm) PROVENANCE: Finale Auctions, Finale Auctions: Fine Art, Makati City, 18 - 19 May 2019, Lot 22 Florencio B. Concepcion’s art is notable for its soothing spectrum of colors painted in abstraction instead of simply creating a poetic portrayal of a subject or object. Oftentimes described as ethereal and divine, the oeuvres of the maestro are perceived as processes rather than products. To truly appreciate a Concepcion piece, one must see it in person and experience the mood it exudes. This oil painting embodies the masterful approach of the revered artist in abstraction. His signature palette and fine-tuned brushwork is exhibited in the canvas. His hues are always harmonious, complementing his trademark evocation of spatial depth through the texture of the medium. The colored oils were brushed smoothly over the canvas in a horizontal motion, blending seamlessly and freely with another — a result of Concepcion’s transition from impressionistic landscapes to abstract expressionist works, which began in the 1950s. And, similar to every other Concepcion piece, this one allures its audience into serene contemplations. (P.I.R.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled

      Est: ₱12,000 - ₱15,600

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled unsigned and dated 1978 watercolor on paper 17 1/2” x 11 1/2” (44cm x 29 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Saint William the Hermit
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Saint William the Hermit

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Saint William the Hermit signed and dated XCV (1995) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Lucban (Quezon)
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Lucban (Quezon)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Lucban (Quezon) signed and dated XCVII (1997) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of San Joaquin (Ilo-ilo)
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of San Joaquin (Ilo-ilo)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of San Joaquin (Ilo-ilo) signed and dated XCVII (1997) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006 Untitled
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006 Untitled

      Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006 Untitled signed and dated 1999 (lower left) oil on paper 27” x 30” (69 cm x 76 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Doy
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Doy

      Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Doy signed and dated 1979 (lower left) oil on Canvas 30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Glo
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Glo

      Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Glo signed and dated 1983 (lower left) oil on Canvas 30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled (Nude)
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled (Nude)

      Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled (Nude) signed and dated 1974 (lower right) watercolor on paper 19” x 24” (48 cm x 61 cm)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) ) Untitled (Nude)
      Apr. 22, 2023

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) ) Untitled (Nude)

      Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) ) Untitled (Nude) signed and dated 1978 (lower right) watercolor on paper 22” x 15” (56 cm x 38 cm Florencio B. Concepcion is a name that is notable beyond the confines of local abstract art. His nude pieces are redolent of his abstractions, owing to the meditative movements of the brushstrokes and the brilliant color palette. For the two lots at hand, he explored watercolor, a medium that many artists find as difficult to master. In fact, Concepcion was a highly disciplined watercolorist. He was also considered as a master of figure drawing, having authored a manual about that topic in 1990. Ever since, the study of the human figure has been regarded as the best approach to learn how to draw. Figure drawing is a study of the human form in its various shapes and body postures, with line, form, and composition as the primary objective rather than the subject itself. For Concepcion, his figure paintings allure its audience with a soothing spectrum of hues instead of merely revealing a poetic portrayal of a subject. He created with more than just technical skill as he believes that art should evoke emotions in the audience. Although his masterpieces in abstract expressionism are the most iconic in all of his oeuvres, the figure paintings of Concepcion indeed exude a charm of their own. (P.I.R.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Abstract
      Dec. 03, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Abstract

      Est: ₱800,000 - ₱1,040,000

      Abstract signed and dated 2003 (lower left) oil on canvas 48" x 48" (122 cm x 122 cm) PROVENANCE Private Collection, Manila León Gallery, The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction, Makati City, 9 June 2018, Lot 11 Instead of showing us a kind of glorified snapshot of an actual subject, Concepcion reveals its dramatic and psychological atmosphere through the abstract means of colors, brushwork and compositional arrangement. To view Florencio Concepcion’s abstract oil paintings is to be calmed in the spirit, even if in this work, there is a predominance of black. It’s like being transported to a secret garden, a hideaway in the countryside. Brilliant colors of red, green, blue, and yellow blend in a smooth flow in square canvases. The mood is soothing. The spirit, carefree yet quiet. In almost all his recent works exhibited at the Luz Gallery, the sun hovers as a vague, round circle in the center of his paintings. It is Concepcion’s tribute to life since, he affirms, “the sun is life.” Concepcion believes his paintings are like an autobiography, a product of his feelings and his creativity. If his paintings calm the viewer, it’s because Concepcion himself is a man at peace. “Life has been good to me,” he muses. “The mere fact that most of my dreams came true is proof enough.”

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled
      Dec. 03, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled

      Est: ₱500,000 - ₱650,000

      Untitled signed and dated 2004 (lower left) oil on canvas 36"x36"(91cmx91cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Miriam Concepcion Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot. A master of abstract expressionism, Florencio B. Concepcion allured his audience with a soothing specturm of colors painted in abstraction instead of revealing a poetic portrayal of a subject or object. Oftentimes described as ethereal and divine, the oeuvres of the fine artist are perceived as processes rather than products. To truly appreciate a Concepcion piece, one must first see it in person and experience the mood it exudes. This 2007 piece embodies the masterful approach of the revered artist in abstraction. His signature palette and fine-tuned brushwork is exhibited in the canvas. His hues are always harmonious, complementing his trademark evocation of spatial depth through the texture of the medium. The colored oils were brushed smoothly over the canvas in a horizontal motion, blending seamlessly and freely with another — a result of Concepcion’s transition from impressionistic landscapes to abstract expressionist works, which began in the 1950s. And, similar to every other Concepcion paintings, this one allures its audience into serene contemplations. (P.I.R.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled
      Dec. 03, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled

      Est: ₱500,000 - ₱650,000

      Untitled signed and dated 2002 (lower left) oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91 cm x 91 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Miriam Concepcion Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot. Florencio Concepcion employs a calming spectrum of hues and refined strokes in his artworks that have become his trademark. In his column, art critic Cid Reyes wrote that “in our cacophonous midst there are still artists who recognize the imperative of silence, from whose works we can seek and find solace.” Concepcion was one of the artists he mentioned whose tranquil paintings are worthy of his recognition. In appreciating Concepcion’s works, one must not look for verbal explanations but rather to encounter the actual painting in the flesh, understanding its surface, size, and texture. His mastery of color is shown through the harmonies that are produced by the intermingling of hues in his canvas, which he described as a result of his impassioned appreciation for music. Although there is a preponderance of black in this particular work, to contemplate on his works is to find serenity in our inner selves. The ambiance of this painting brings comfort to the psyche. For Concepcion, his works are a result of his sentiments and artistry. Serenity is the spirit that emanates from his painting - a manifestation of his fulfillment as an artist and confidence in his artistry.

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled
      Dec. 03, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled

      Est: ₱800,000 - ₱1,040,000

      Untitled ca. 2000 oil on canvas 60" x 60" (152 cm x 152 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro confirming the authenticity of this lot. PROVENANCE: Estate of the artist EXHIBITED: UP Vargas Museum, Florencio B. Concepcion: Figuring Into Abstraction (Retrospective Exhibition), Quezon City, February 20 - May 6, 2007 In viewing Florencio B. Concepcion’s works, one must willfully take into consideration the artist’s innate disposition: a man imbued with harmony and composure, a resilient soul. In the August 19, 1996 issue of the Manila Times, the influential Concepcion shares that his paintings emanate from his feelings and creativity. “Life has been good to me. The mere fact that I am alive and that most of my dreams came true [is proof enough],” Concepcion blissfully remarks. The sublime visual poetry that is Concepcion’s works evokes meditation and solitude. Concepcion induces the viewer to immerse and envelop oneself in the tranquil silence of our inner being. Thus, freedom in yielding myriad meanings and expressions is accorded to his audience. The often-jarring colors he employs in his works represent the multitude of contradictions we encounter in our earthly life. However, these conflicts bring to light the innate vividness of Concepcion’s works. Concepcion makes us grasp the notion that it is through solemn introspection and genuine acceptance of contradictions as part of our mortal existence that we enkindle a total oneness within ourselves. A humanizing quality is imbibed, and harmonious concordance among contradicting forces is engendered. This piece was a part of Concepcion’s 2007 retrospective exhibition at the University of the Philippines Jorge B. Vargas Museum. The works in the exhibit encapsulate Concepcion’s creative journey and metamorphosis, starting from his student years at the UP School of Fine Arts; his graduate studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, which the Italian government subsidized; his prolific period as a proponent of abstract art; his stint as an art educator and later, Dean of the University of the East College of Fine Arts; and eventually, a full-time artist until his death. Although he had already passed away on September 4, 2006, five months prior to the opening of the exhibition, the retrospective was nevertheless a full-circle journey for the artist. Concepcion first obtained professional training in the arts at the UP, graduating in 1953. In all its facets, the retrospective was a celebration of Concepcion’s legacy as an acclaimed art educator and a foremost champion of abstract expressionist art in the Philippines. (A.M.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Doy signed and dated 1979 (lower left) oil on Canvas 30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Glo signed and dated 1983 (lower left) oil on Canvas 30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱16,000 - ₱20,800

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled (Nude) signed and dated 1974 (lower center) watercolor on paper 19” x 24” (48 cm x 61 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Artist’s estate

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Still Life signed and dated LXXXVII (1987) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30 1/2” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Saint William the Hermit signed and dated XCV (1995) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of Lucban (Quezon) signed and dated XCVII (1997) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church of San Joaquin (Ilo-ilo) signed and dated XCVII (1997) (lower left) watercolor on paper 22 1/4” x 30” (57 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Church signed and dated XCV (1995) (lower left) watercolor on paper 24” x 19” (61 cm x 48 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Untitled (Nude) signed and dated 1977 (lower left) watercolor on paper 22” x 15” (56 cm x 38 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Artist’s estate

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Oct. 22, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Self-Portrait signed (lower right) dated 1965 oil on canvas 24” x 32” (61 cm x 81 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Artist’s estate

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    • Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Metamorphosis of Blue and Green
      Sep. 10, 2022

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - Metamorphosis of Blue and Green

      Est: ₱600,000 - ₱780,000

      Florencio Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Metamorphosis of Blue and Green signed and dated 1971 (lower left) oil on canvas 41 1/2” x 83 1/2” (105 cm x 213 cm) Instead of confronting the audience with glorified actual objects, Florencio B. Concepcion bombards his viewers with a soothing sea of colors painted in abstraction. Serene would be a fair word to describe this 1971 piece Metamorphosis of Blue and Green, a splash of the different hues of blue that equates the boundless seas, with hints of maritime vegetation as represented by a flush of green shades. A gradual shift from dusky to lighter shades of blue is evident, as if portraying a creative duel of good and evil. Concepcion’s talent in brushwork and compositional arrangement is seen in his tactical placement of shapes and gradation of colors. Truly, it is a melodramatic work of art that induces psychological relaxation. Master of Expression, Florencio B. Concepcion, was part of a new generation of painters that emerged in the mid-sixties from the progressive post-war period. Reticent, he was nevertheless a respected academic and art educator, influencing artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben. The artist believes his paintings are like an autobiography, a product of his feelings and his creativity. Therefore, if his paintings calm the viewer, it’s because Concepcion himself is a man at peace.

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - The Four Evangelists ca. 1960
      Sep. 10, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) - The Four Evangelists ca. 1960

      Est: ₱180,000 - ₱234,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) The Four Evangelists ca. 1960 consisting of: a) St. Mark and the Lion b) St. John and the Eagle c) St. Luke and the Ox d) St. Matthew and the Angel e) And a sculpture of the crucifixion in wood all oil on canvas 18 1/4" x 12" (46 cm x 30 cm) each e) size: 20" x 21" x 1 3/4" (51 cm x 53 cm x 3 cm) overall: 38" x 76" (97 cm x 193 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot Before Florencio B. Concepcion veered his art towards an abstract expressionist style, the artist first traversed through the realms of figurative painting. Such is the case with the work at hand, in which Concepcion focuses on the themes of the religious and the spiritual. In this piece, Concepcion integrates his Catholic background through his sublime depiction of the four evangelists: Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, and Saint John. In Christian tradition, the four evangelists are the authors of the four canonical Gospels of the New Testament, in which the titles are obtained from their respective names. The 2nd century Greek Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Saint Irenaeus, identifies the four evangelists as the “four pillars of the Church, the authors of the true Gospels.” In the work at hand, Concepcion attributes the traditional symbols associated with each of the evangelists: the Angel for Saint Matthew, the Lion for Saint Mark, the Ox for Saint Luke, and the Eagle for Saint John. These symbols are taken from the biblical books of Ezekiel and Revelation, in which the latter writes: “The first creature resembled a lion; the second, an ox; the third had the face of a man; while the fourth looked like an eagle in flight. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and eyes all over, inside and out. Day and night, without pause, they sing: ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, He who was, and who is, and who is to come!’” A sculpture of the crucified Christ is placed at the center, symbolizing that the life of Christ—his birth, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection—is the centerpiece of the Gospels. (A.M.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jun. 11, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Roma Composizione IX signed and dated (lower left and verso) oil on canvas 41" x 20" (104 cm x 51 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot EXHIBITED UP Vargas Museum, Figuring Into Abstraction (Retrospective Exhibition), Quezon City, February 20 - May 6, 2007 An acclaimed academic and art educator, Florencio B. Concepcion hailed from a new generation of painters that emerged in the mid-sixties from the progressive post-war period. He was a graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines and a scholar of the Italian government at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome. He was an influence to a generation of artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben. His art evolved and transformed from impressionistic scenes at the beginning of his career until he adapted abstract expressionism in the 1960s. Although Concepcion’s creations are often described as exquisite and otherworldly, insinuating an otherwise metaphysical sense of elation, it can be asserted that his works are best understood as processes instead of outcomes. For him, his works are a result of his sentiments and artistry. Serenity is the spirit that emanates from his painting - a manifestation of his fulfillment as an artist and confidence in his artistry.

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jun. 11, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱700,000 - ₱910,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) Constellation signed (lower left and verso) and dated XC (1990) (lower left) oil on canvas 48" x 48" (122 cm x 122 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot A master of abstract expressionism, Florencio B. Concepcion allures his audience with a soothing spectrum of colors painted in abstraction instead of revealing a poetic portrayal of an object. Oftentimes classified as ethereal and divine, the oeuvres of the fine artist are perceived as processes rather than products. To fully appreciate a Concepcion painting, one must first see it in person and experience the aura it exudes. Constellation is a 1990 abstract painting by the revered artist that features his signature calm color palette and fine-tuned brushwork. The colored oils are brushed smoothly over the canvas in a horizontal motion, blending seamlessly and freely with one another, a result of Concepcion's transition from impressionistic landscapes to abstract expressionist works, which began in the middle of the '50s. And, like every other Concepcion piece, this one invites you to imagine the serenity of the galaxy that is far beyond our reach, a sight that is rare, especially for the ones who have forgotten the wonder of the stars at night. A tranquil atmosphere is emanated in the painting – the dimmed canvas overlayed by hues of blue is illuminated by strokes of whites that portray the stars constituting a constellation and planets that are perhaps represented by the red dots. The colors used by Concepcion are always harmonious, it complements his trademark evocation of spatial depth through the texture of his medium. A few years after completing this painting, the late artist had his retirement in 1994. The artist-academic has gained recognition and acknowledgment for his contributions as a mentor, greatly influencing contemporary artists such as Augusto Albor, Romulo Galicano, and Lao Lianben. A pillar in Philippine Abstract Art, Florencio B. Concepcion believed that his works are representative of his emotions and creativity, a form of autobiography that translates his satisfaction in life into art. (P.I.R.)

      Leon Gallery
    • Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)
      Jun. 11, 2022

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006)

      Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

      Florencio B. Concepcion (1933 - 2006) HAC signed and dated 1968 (lower right) oil and collage on canvas 30" x 40" (76 cm x 102 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Miriam Concepcion Lazaro, daughter of the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot Florencio B. Concepcion was among the new generation of artists in the mid-sixties whose creative virtuosity flourished from the progressive art landscape of the post-war era. A native of Tondo, Manila, Concepcion graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts in 1953. During his college days, Concepcion worked as an illustrator for comics magazines, such as Action, Halakhak, Pilipino, and Bulaklak. After earning his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, he went to Rome to pursue his postgraduate studies. He enrolled at the Regge Accademia di Belle Arti, where he was accepted as a scholar under the auspices of the Italian government. Concepcion would eventually graduate from the Accademia in 1964, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. During his Italian sojourn, Concepcion proved worthy of international acclaim. He joined various art competitions, where he received numerous accolades. He was awarded the Diploma of Merit from the I Mostra Internazionale D’ Arte (Rome, 1962); a silver medal from the I Mostra Nazionale di Pittura Estemporanea (Segni, 1962); an honorable mention from the I Mostra Internazionale D’ Arte di Tivoli (Tivoli, 1962); and the third prize from the I Mostra di Pittura (Lazio, 1963). It was also in Rome where Concepcion encountered the Arte Informale movement, the European equivalent of Abstract Expressionism in the United States. Concepcion became acquainted with the style, influenced by avant-garde Italian artists Mario Sironi, Ottone Rosai, and Giorgio Morandi. It can be said that this work titled HAC belongs to this period of this fortuitous encounter for Concepcion. Having been influenced by the movement, this piece features Concepcion's stylistic employment of gestural brushstrokes, vigorously applying paint to produce variegated textures dominated by uneven surfaces. His later practice of melding colors that seemingly dissolves into the background to produce evocative underpinnings begins to manifest. Thus, Concepcion espouses an expressive, radical, and spontaneous approach to abstraction. Here, Concepcion does not fall into the conventions of traditional abstraction, veering from the notion of what an aesthetically pleasing painting constitutes. He yields to his creative instincts, abandoning mainstream abstraction's deliberate and calculated practice. Concepcion explores the boundless realms of gesture and unconventional materials, engendering a bona fide expression of creative individuality. (A.M.)

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