September 18, 2020
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Léon Gallery readies for another incredible auction this September, promising a solid presentation of the best the gallery has to offer

It has been eight months since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the country―and the world. Amid the chaos, art became a welcoming respite for many because of its power to unite, inspire, and connect with others even in times of crisis. Hoping to continue bringing joy and hope to many art appreciators and collectors, Léon Gallery is getting ready for its next big auction this September 19, 2020.

The Magnificent September Auction 2020: Léon Gallery founder and director Jaime Ponce de Leon
Léon Gallery founder and director Jaime Ponce de Leon

The Magnificent September Auction 2020

Called the Magnificent September Auction 2020, the pieces in the event include the works of masters and contemporary artists. “This coming auction, we are very fortunate that we will be representing the first major work by Pam Yan Santos. We have exquisite works by Romulo Olazo from 1980, (Fernando) Amorsolo from the best period which is from the 1920s, Ben Cab’s Larawan Series from the 1970s, and Jigger Cruz is probably the best that you can find for contemporary art,” says founder and director Jaime Ponce de Leon.

The collection also includes pieces from Hernando Ruiz “HR” Ocampo, Ronald Ventura, and an egg tempera from Anita Magsaysay Ho. “The egg tempera works of Anita are extremely rare and extremely coveted by collectors,” adds Jaime.

H. R. Ocampo (1911 – 1978)
More on When Aries Became a Bull
signed and dated 1978 | acrylic on canvas | 40” x 30”
Geraldine Javier (b. 1973)
Half Finished People Series – Case 3 of a Man,
signed and dated 2006 | oil on canvas | 72” x 48”

Transition to Online Auctions

With lockdowns and quarantine measures imposed by the government in the hopes of curbing the number of COVID-positive cases, many art galleries and auction houses have shifted to offering online auctions, including Léon Gallery.

“Online is very convenient for anybody. You can bid from the comforts of your home; it is very easy, and this attracts a lot of people, wherever you are in the world, you can participate in it. We have bidders from the United States, the Middle East, and Hong Kong,” says Jaime. “Basically, the online manner for bidding is already a step forward in response to our present situation. We are also developing an app that is an offshoot of the online bidding and should that materialize, then that will be another forward step.”

To register as a buyer, visit their website or contact Leon Gallery via email at <[email protected]> for more information.

Read the full story written by Aliyya Sawadjaan in Lifestyle Asia’s September 2020 Edition titled, “Have Courage.”

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