Images of Nation: The Real H.R. Ocampo from the Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

The Real H.R. Ocampo from the Paulino and Hetty Que Collection was curated by the late Mr. Ramon Villegas, a respected Filipino writer and antiquarian. The exhibition was originally presented at the Ayala Museum in 2013.
 
The exhibition features 51 paintings, works on paper, and drawings that cover a wide range of Ocampo’s body of work throughout his life; from his Proletarian period of the 1930s and World War II to the highly chromatic works of pure abstraction in the decade before his death. During the 1930s to mid-1940s, his art reflected both social realism and formalism when he often depicted poverty-stricken humanity. It was towards the end of World War II where he began to shift towards non-objectivism, with his works becoming more flat, figurative, and organic.
 
Assembled over a period of 30 years from the artist’s colleagues and selected patrons, with some paintings repatriated from the United States, this collection is one of the largest private holdings of H.R. Ocampo’s work.  
date_range 19 Feb 2021- 30 Apr 2021
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About the Artist

Hernando R. Ocampo

Filipino, 28 Apr 1911 - 28 Dec 1978

Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (1911 – 1978) was born in Manila. His father wanted him to be a lawyer and politician. However, H.R. Ocampo became a creative and mass media writer, editor, producer, actor, and above all, painter who was lauded by his intellectual peers. Ocampo also founded the Saturday Group, an informal artist collective which endured for several years after his death. H.R. Ocampo is one of the original Thirteen Moderns group formed in 1938. These artists re-grouped with additional members into the Neo-Realists in the postwar period. From modernism, his work developed into pure abstraction or non-objectivism, with bold colors often described as lyrical and organic by his contemporaries. The 1969 painting, Genesis, was enlarged into a grand tapestry in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater and hangs to this day. The artist considered this work as “the full flowering” of his singular abstract style that seeks to capture the Filipino spirit. During his lifetime, H.R. Ocampo garnered several distinctions—awards from the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP); citations from the City of Manila; and the first Republic Cultural Award in Painting in 1965. Ocampo posthumously received the Gawad CCP para sa Sining Award in 1979 and the Award of National Artist for Visual Arts in 1991.  

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Ritual

Hernando R. Ocampo, 1966

Medium

Oil on Canvas

Dimensions

86.36 x 127 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

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Madonna of the Well

Hernando R. Ocampo, 1939

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

60.96 x 50.8 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

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Backdrop

Hernando R. Ocampo, 1956

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

152.4 x 91.44 cm

Collection

Painting

Acknowledgement

Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

Location

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Cotillion

Hernando R. Ocampo, 1967

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

86.36 x 127 cm

Acknowledgement

Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

Location

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Oracle

Hernando R. Ocampo, 1974

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

121.92 x 91.44 cm

Acknowledgement

Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

Location

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