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Lot 104

MELVIN CULABA
b. The Philippines, 1971

REMINISCENCES / MEMORABILIAS, 2007

Signed and dated 'Culaba 07' (upper right)
Oil on canvas
153cm x 183cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Singapore.

EXHIBITED
Interiorism, Blanc Gallery, The Philippines, 2007, illustrated in exhibition catalogue


ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000

PRICE REALISED RM 13,440

An illustrious social realist painter, Melvin Culaba is recognised for his manipulative and deformed expressionist images of life. Executed in an epic proportion, Reminiscences/ Memorabilias depicts an uninhabitable cluttered space filled with old furniture, wooden stretchers and other unused items. His use of warm palette radiates a feeling of comfort amidst chaos.

Melvin Culaba graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993 and has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Korea and the United States. He has been a Finalist at the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards from 1995 to 1998 and 2006. He has also won several top awards at the Art Association of the Philippines annual painting competition and Metrobank Young Painters annual competition. He received a full grant for residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in 2005 and is a commissioned artist for the Official Christmas Cards of President Gloria Arroyo.