Abstract Suite (2001) by Arturo Luz




Title: Abstract Collage (Various Numbers)
Year: 2001
Artist: Arturo Luz (born 1926)
Medium: Acrylic Collage
Size: 8 inches x 8 inches

Arturo Luz was conferred into the Order of the National Artists of the Philippines in 1997. He was an awardee in the category visual arts.

About the work:
Never exhibited in public, this suite of acrylic collages by National Artist Arturo Luz was purchased directly from the artist back in 2003 or 2004. The artist was still living in a rented house in Urdaneta Village, Makati, before his transfer to a location north of the city. This suite of paintings was among a larger set that was purchased through the years.

The casual construction of these paintings is in direct allusion to their intimate sizes, which when grouped together on one wall, creates a monolith of pluralizations, an interconnected network where images converse with one another in the enforcement of their being. This is in accord with what the artist calls his unity of theme and style. Place works made by Luz during vast separations of time in an assembly and the theme continues however the divergence of date or decade. There is a singularity of vision. Luz is a master of the economy of means and the perseverance of design above all else, including emotion and color. As the paintings continue to talk to one another, they invite the viewer to other perspectives, like a Rorschach that may interpret ambiguity into specifics. Like the general nature of abstract art.