Belonging to a relatively early series by the celebrated expressionist, Bananas emerged during a strong surge of modernism in the Philippine visual art scene spanning the 50s to 60s. Exploring the wide boundaries of the slow entrance of the originally European movement, artists began using refigured forms and shapes to reinterpret the way they saw their country, abstracting both the momentous, as well as the inconsequential yet intimate.
Using sooty lines to define the fruits, flattened and devoid of their usual tawny chroma Ang redefines the usual still life genre. Locating himself in the surge of the modernist movement the National Artist explored the potential of the process, reinterpreting figure and impressions to deliver an impalpable essence.
A Luz Gallery label is affixed at the back of the frame