Lot 017

b. The Philippines, 1972 


Inscribed '"MOONWARD" Lyra Abueg Garcellano 2009' on reverse
Oil on canvas
122cm x 87cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 12,000


 Known for her Realist-style figurative paintings, Lyra Abueg Garcellano is a multi-disciplinary artist who also experiments with various mediums and techniques. In 2009, Lyra Garcellano has created two series of works titled Old Pain and Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep) depicting male and female figures lying comatose on the ground with their limbs splayed out in a state of helplessness. The latter series is inspired by the aria Nessun Dorma from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. Lyra Garcellano presents paintings that are somnolent and dreamy. Painted in sepia-tone, her choice of palette enhances nostalgic quality portraying vulnerability and despair.

Lyra Abueg Garcellano graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (1994) and from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2000). She has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2002 namely Nessun Dorma in Singapore (2009), Ballads in Kuala Lumpur (2012) and Taxonomy in the Philippines (2012) among others. She was an artist in residence for the Cemeti Art Foundation in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, which was made possible through the UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists in 2002, and a residency at Location One New York through the Asian Cultural Council (2009 – 2010). She has also participated in residencies such as BMW Young Asian Artists residency, Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2011) and Asian Artists Residency, Gwanju Cultural Foundation, Gwanju, South Korea (2012). She has participated in numerous international group exhibitions including Post-Tsunami Art, Emerging Artists from Southeast Asia (2009, Milan, Italy), Jakarta Biennale XIII (2009, Jakarta), Trauma Interrupted (2007, Cultural Center of the Philippines); Balancing Act (2006, Future Prospects, Quezon City); Flippin’ Out: From Manila to Williamsburgh (2005, Goliath Visual Space, NY); and the 2002 Gwangju Biennale. Garcellano is also an accomplished illustrator of children’s books and is the author of a comic strip in a national daily newspaper in the Philippines.