Those in the know already have June 11, 2022, earmarked on their calendars. On that day, art collectors from all over the Philippines will be vying for some of the most spectacular pieces from artists such as Ramon Orlina, Ang Kiukok, and Juvenal Sansó at León Gallery’s ‘The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2022’. It feels like Christmas in June for art connoisseurs to know that a hungry public will finally have the chance to take some priceless works of art home from private collectors and legendary patrons in what is dubbed 'The Great Filipino Collectors Series".
From the collection of Vicente Puyat, son of former senator Gil Puyat, comes Victorio Edades' 1976 Poinsettia Girl, an oil painting done on hardwood that features an unsmiling woman juxtaposed by the merry colours of red. Surrounded by poinsettias, she remains impervious to the merriment of her setting, despite her vivid dress and maquillage. This piece is among the highlights of Edades' works and was even the highlight of the artist's retrospective at the Museum of Philippine Art (MoPA) four years after the painting was completed.