Wednesday, February 15, 2012

German Icarangal

was born in Bailan, Pangil, Laguna 1914 died 1984.(Illustration & easel work) BFA UP 1933. Degree in Architecture, UST 1938. To help support studies, work as illustrator for and After graduation from architecture, also taught subjects in the same field. Migrated to the US but constantly visited the Philippines, sometimes for so long periods to show his in the group exhibit and join national art competitions. Belonged to the realist school. His joining Phil Art Gallery exhibits however, led to experimentation in the semi-abstract style. Influenced by Manansala, started geometrization of the human form, rendering shapes through layers of colors as in the former’s transparent cubism. Icarangal’s paintings, however, are different due to his preference for dark and somber hues, and the use of heavy shading where shapes were articulated geometrically while texture was rough. Paintings were reproduced in the by Zolo Galang. Works are in the National Museum collection. His abstract, stylized and simplified won honourable mention at the AAP Sculpture of 1951. Again, won 2nd prize in 1952, and 3rd prize in 1953, also for sculpture, at the AAP. Won 1st prize, AAP Watercolor exhibit, 1951.[CCP Vol IV-SP]*** In the 60’s joined an art publishing firm in the States. Continued to paint local genre even while abroad. [MD]*** Was one of the original members of the Phil Contemporary Artist Club, which concentrated activities on form and media experimentation. His approach to genre painting is textural and definitive. Colors are brownish to denote warmth, the cubist texture glazed on the surface, to impart a feeling of tranquillity. Is staff artist of the Far East Regional Production Center, US Embassy. [BC, Mobilways Vol IV No1 Jul 1958].
Water Color
9.5" x 13.5"
HAC Code: 79545
10" x 11"
HAC Code: 79544
Water Color
9" x 10"
HAC Code: 79543


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