Lot 16 | 12 July 2020



LOT 16


B. Philippines, 1917 – 2003

Don Quixote, 1970

Metal iron alloy

29 x 24.5 x 29 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur Acquired from a gallery in Manila in the 1970’s

RM 80,000 – RM 150,000

Solomon Saprid, is a multi-awarded artist in Philippines modern and contemporary art. Saprid was famously known for his trademark sculptures such as the “Tikbalang”, a centaur of home grown “lower mythology” that symbolises male virility, the iconic socially impactful “GomBurza” which is virtually composed of interconnected triangles representing the country’s three major islands of Luzon, Visaya and Mindanao, the religious themed “St. Joseph the Worker” in Malate Church and the universally loved “Mag-Ina” or “Mother and Child” series, this master of “frozen motion”. Saprid adopted bronze welding as his natural medium of art, a style which became uniquely his. His “live” sculptures epitomises the artist’s depiction of corporeal demonstration and flamboyant display of “frozen motion”, which the viewer perceivably detects movement in an otherwise static object. Through his art, he was able to portray Philippines folklore characters as well as historically consequential and religious figures manifested by his distinctive interpretation that became embedded in his repertoire.