Expatriate Filipino abstract expressionist Alfonso Ossorio highlights his experimentation of the effects of paint on board. The smear of black wipes, strokes, and splotches on the white surface fill the entire piece. Influenced by the ‘drip’ paintings of Jackson Pollock, Ossorio continues his investigation of the power of gesture, his earthy colors from the 50s and 60s replaced by an elegant monochrome. Amidst the discordant forms is an underlying order formed in the mind’s eye of one of the most significant Filipino visual artists of the 20th century.
Provenance: Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago / Abigail Little-Tooker and Jacqueline Little, New York
Exhibition: Alfonso Ossorio, 1940 - 1980, Build Hall of East Hampton, 19 July - 17 August 1980