(1946 – 2004), Philippines

Pacita Abad Artworks

Pacita Abad devised her innovative trapunto technique through vast experiments with textiles and painting. The technique lent her canvases a quilted texture and sculptural dimension, and allowed her to incorporate her immediate environment into the work, embellishing the surface with feathers, rocks, mirrors, and seashells that attested to the specificity of her encounter.

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Early Subjects

Her early subject matter was equally exuberant: tropical flora and fauna, tribal masks and underwater paradises. Abad's unrestrained use of colour epitomised her sense of optimism and far-ranging interests.

Socio-Political Art

Pacita Abad's sojourns across the globe brought her face-to-face with some of the late 20th century's geopolitical crises, from Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai border to the downfall of the Suharto regime in Indonesia. Abad's socio-political portraits bear witness to the violence and oppression of peoples, to the modern-day slavery and sexual exploitation of women, and to the migrant experiences of modern America.

Public Art

Pacita Abad died in Singapore, whilst undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer, after completing her final project, the Alkaff Bridge (2003—2004): a 55-meter pedestrian walkway adorned with her signature circle motifs, which the artist gifted to the city.

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I Have One Million Things to Say by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pacita Abad I Have One Million Things to Say, 2002 Oil, painted muslin cloth stitched on canvas
244 x 180 cm
Not for sale
Tina Kim Gallery
L.A. Liberty by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, textile
Pacita Abad L.A. Liberty, 1992 Acrylic, cotton yarn, plastic buttons, mirrors, gold thread, painted cloth on stitched and padded canvas
239 x 147 cm
Reserved
Tina Kim Gallery
House of Incest by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad House of Incest, 1991 Oil, plastic beads, coral, cowrie shells, mirrors, gold yarn on stitched and padded canvas
143 x 175 cm
Not for sale
Tina Kim Gallery
From Doro Wat to sushi and chicken wings and things by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad From Doro Wat to sushi and chicken wings and things, 1991 Acrylic, oil, painted canvas, plastic buttons, beads on stitched and padded canvas
238.8 x 172.7 cm
Not for sale
Tina Kim Gallery
European Mask by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, textile
Pacita Abad European Mask, 1990 Acrylic on stitched, silk screened and padded canvas
260 x 150 cm
Not for sale
Tina Kim Gallery
Evil Eye by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Evil Eye, 1983 Acrylic, plastic buttons, rick rack ribbons on stitched and padded canvas
133 x 255 cm
Not for sale
Tina Kim Gallery
Filipinas in Hong Kong by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Filipinas in Hong Kong, 1995 Acrylic on stitched and padded canvas
Para Site
Stained Glass by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Stained Glass, 2000 Acrylic, mirrors and painted cloth on canvas
35.7 x 28.3 x 3.3 cm
Not for sale
Asia Art Archive
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