Diaphanous B-XXXI is a painting in oil on canvas by Romulo Olazo. Approximately 244 x 213 centimeters in dimension, the painting is part of his "Diaphanous series, which has several variations of his signature Diaphanous abstraction on canvases as large as 244cm x by 213cm.
This artwork is based on an original collagraph technique that Olazo developed. It is made of fine transparent and overlapping screens in layers that creates interesting patterns and makes this painting more gorgeous and elegant.
Art critics have described his work as ethereal due to the delicacy and subtlety he achieves with his layering technique.
History and context
Olazo was a member of the second generation of Filipino modernists. He started as a komiks illustrator and became known as a printmaker until he cemented his role as an abstract painter with the Diaphanous artworks.
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