The Most Expensive Filipino Artworks You Can Buy for Your Crown Asia Home

By: Crown Asia
The Most Expensive Filipino Artworks You Can Buy for Your Crown Asia Home

It’s good to have something that can effortlessly bring life back into a room among all of the machine-made stuff in our houses. You can tell how much time, effort, and expertise went into creating a work of art. You may have even had the opportunity to meet the artist or learn more about the work. Even if you haven’t met the artist, seeing the fingerprints, brush strokes, or marks on the piece serves as a reminder of who created it. Art makes a home more human and more lively. According to John Demarco“Art is a language meant to speak the things that can’t be said.” Without the use of words, art may be a wonderful method to express oneself to yourself and others. Because art is a storyteller. When you love something enough to display it on your wall, it tells a story about you. Art may be the perfect translator of your personality or what you value in life. This allows you to form stronger bonds with folks who visit your home. Art assists us in validating and recognizing our feelings.

When we look at a piece of art, it can generate strong emotions, whether it’s a memory or a sentiment. Art can make us smile after a terrible day, remind us of something we’ve forgotten, or motivate us to do more in life. It can be reassuring to know that we are not alone in our feelings. Art reflects our feelings, emotions, and thoughts back to us, allowing us to gnaw on them. Whatever emotion we are experiencing happy or negative it is letting us know that we are not alone in our thoughts. Art also pushes us to expand our horizons and motivates us to grow. When art goes beyond ornamentation, it engages you intellectually, confronts you with preconceived notions, and even makes you uncomfortable. We push ourselves to think more honestly, to challenge ourselves, and perceive the world from a different perspective by leaning into these sentiments. Having artwork in our home that has changed our perspective serves as a daily reminder to rethink our behaviors and beliefs. Art serves as a reminder of what is possible. It’s motivating to see other individuals doing what they enjoy. That’s why we follow artists, athletes, and gurus on Instagram. Their enthusiasm is infectious. It’s inspiring to watch someone both creating and devoting their time to the things that bring them the most joy. They inspire us to pursue our passions and work against the grain by doing so. Lastly, art brings a home to life. Because your home is your place and if looking for a place look for house and lot for sale in areas you want to live, it is crucial to decorate it to your preference. You must be at ease in your surroundings. Furthermore, surrounding yourself with art that you enjoy will help you enjoy the place where you spend the most of your time. It also serves as a focal point, completes a room, and quickly displays your interests and ideas to visitors from a functional design aspect. You are choosing to bring more life into your house by choosing to live with art.

Here Is a List of the Most Expensive Filipino Artworks That You Can Buy for Your Home or Soon-To-Be Home:

• “Fishermen” By: Ang Kiukok


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The oil painting “Fishermen” by national artist and leader of Philippine figurative expressionism Ang Kiukok received the highest bid at a Salcedo Auctions auction on March 8, 2014, in Makati. The crimson sun hovering above them, indicating continuous energy, united the optimism and struggle of fisherman working together for their catch in Ang Kiukok’s work. With a P7.6 million selling price.

• “Ella amo’ apasionadamente y fue correspondida” (For she loved fiercely, and she is well-loved) by Geraldine Javier


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Geraldine Javier was motivated by Frida Kahlo to ponder the essence of sorrow and suffering. This oil painting was framed and embroidered with butterflies that had been conserved. It was auctioned at Christie’s in Hong Kong on May 30, 2010, with an estimated selling price of HKD 1,460,000 (about P8.8 million).

• “Space Transfiguration” by: Jose T. Joya

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Space Transfiguration is a multimedia studio-based art research project that explores new sensory experiences while also recalling previous ones. It’s about sharing the transitional experience, which is something that everyone has gone through. What Joya intend to convey to visitors is to show her sense of the bittersweet—of the time in between—a sense of sorrow for the old environment that she left behind and enthusiasm for the new world that she encountered when she arrived in Brunei Darussalam to begin a new chapter of her life. She recalled the exact moment when she first recognized the core of what marked the start of her new life. It was sold with an amount of P112,128,000 and is currently the holder of the most expensive Filipino artwork sold in the country.

• “La Inocencia” by: Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo


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Hidalgo painted “La Inocencia,” a portrait of Maria Yrritia, in Paris in 1901. Hidalgo’s art and ardor were focused on her. She looks at us with liquid eyes after more than a century, her lips as crimson as the flower she clutches. She holds a clutch of fabric at her waist, showing the brilliant skin of her one exposed arm, swaddled in a yellow diaphanous frock. A velvety depression forms beneath her sternum. Her background is an impressionistically painted forest as if she has stepped from the realm of dreams into ours. The frame, by Isabelo Tampinco, was a work of art in and of itself, conjuring a theme from the painting’s flower. Sold with a price of P40,880,000 and Hidalgo was awarded as a world record artist with this artwork.

• “Women Amidst Bananas” by: Anita Magsaysay Ho


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Anita Magsaysay-Ho does not paint each of her rural women separately. We’ve come to expect her to paint her women in groups or multiples of three. The subject matter is almost always busy with work or a shared hobby, such as tending chickens, selling fish, or harvesting grain. The women in this artwork are gathering bananas on what appears to be a plantation. The dense, repetitive lushness of the banana leaves in the background and the plants in the foreground give the impression that the entire composition is a massive textile creation. The whole effect is always stylish, strengthening the idea that her subjects are truly patrician ladies of Chinese heritage disguised as peasants in stiffly quaint, doll attitudes and positions, with hardly a wrinkle or indication of sweat on them,” writes cultural writer Leonor Orosa-Goquinco. “Magsaysay Ho’s female figure is projected from the painter’s poetic inner eye in a pose of arrested motion – motion stilled in timelessness, their lean lines offset the soft curves of a basket; they are shy, diffident, modest, brown, Philippine and Oriental; they are enigmatic as only the artist can portray,” she writes. Sold with a price of P49,056,000.

We all enjoy expressing ourselves in various ways, such as through dress, accessories, social media, and so on. Because original and limited edition artwork is one-of-a-kind and created, art in the house is a great way to show your artistic and aesthetic preferences in a unique way.

A room that has no walls does not necessarily look awful, but it does not appear finished. Spaces in a house with empty walls are useful rooms. The most comfortable rooms in a house are those containing artwork.

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