(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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Hundred Islands by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Pacita Abad Hundred Islands, 1989 Oil, acrylic, glitter, gold thread, buttons, lace, sequins on stitched and padded canvas
200.7 x 299.7 cm
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Dive Master by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media
Pacita Abad Dive Master, 1985 Acrylic and oil paint, leather and paper mounted on wood
137.2 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
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Orange-striped fish II by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, textile
Pacita Abad Orange-striped fish II, 2000 Oil, sequins stitched on canvas
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Brown fish by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, textile
Pacita Abad Brown fish, 2000 Oil, sequins stitched on canvas
72 x 95 cm
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Portuguese man o' war by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Pacita Abad Portuguese man o' war, 1986 Acrylic, gauze, yarn on canvas
180 x 58 cm
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Black Rice by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Pacita Abad Black Rice, 2000 Oil paint and glass stitched on canvas
44.5 x 36.8 x 5.1 cm
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Last look by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Last look, 2001 Oil, painted canvas, painted cloth stitches on canvas
106.7 x 106.7 x 5.1 cm
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The Far Side of Apo Island by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Pacita Abad The Far Side of Apo Island, 1989 Oil, acrylic, gold thread, plastic buttons, lace, sequins on stitched and padded canvas
224.8 x 175.3 cm
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Typhoon by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media, textile
Pacita Abad Typhoon, 14752 Oil, mirrors, plastic buttons on silk screened, stitched and padded canvas
210.8 x 152.4 cm
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Tarhata sa Cortada by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, textile
Pacita Abad Tarhata sa Cortada, 1983 Acrylic, painted cloth on stitched and padded muslin
215 x 150 cm
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The Sparks, the Heat and the Glow by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Pacita Abad The Sparks, the Heat and the Glow, 1998 Oil, acrylic, buttons, sequins, painted and dyed cloth stitched on canvas
219.1 x 156.8 x 5.1 cm
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What's Love Got to Do With It by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad What's Love Got to Do With It, 1985 Oil, acrylic, glitter collages on paper glued on board
138 x 90 cm
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Love is Like A Heat Wave by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pacita Abad Love is Like A Heat Wave, 2004 Acrylic, oil pastel, glitter collaged on handmade paper mounted on board
53 x 28 inches
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A Slice of Life I by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad A Slice of Life I, 2003 Oil on printed handmade paper
41 x 52 inches
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Circles Bring You Happiness by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pacita Abad Circles Bring You Happiness, 2004 Acrylic, painted printed paper, painted cloth collaged on board
29 x 44 inches
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Rose Damask by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print
Pacita Abad Rose Damask, 1993 Monoprint, acrylic on paper
16 x 12 inches
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Yellow Heliconia by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Yellow Heliconia, 1996 Oil on paper
17 x 13 inches
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Red Bunga Pisang-pisangan by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, print
Pacita Abad Red Bunga Pisang-pisangan, 1993 Monoprint, oil on paper
18 x 14 inches
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Kinokuniya by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Pacita Abad Kinokuniya, 2004 Oil pastel, acrylic, glitter, cloth collaged on handmade paper mounted on board
53 x 28 inches
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Let’s celebrate by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, mixed media
Pacita Abad Let’s celebrate, 2003 Oil, printed and painted paper collaged with paper circles on handmade paper
132 x 104.1 cm
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A Slice of Life I by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad A Slice of Life I, 2003 Oil on printed handmade paper
104.1 x 132 cm
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My Neighbor’s Garden by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print
Pacita Abad My Neighbor’s Garden, 1993 Monoprint, acrylic on paper
35.5 x 27.9 cm
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Tropical Heliconia by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Tropical Heliconia, 1992 Oil, acrylic on silk-screened canvas
216 x 150 cm
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Emotional Rescue by Pacita Abad contemporary artwork painting
Pacita Abad Emotional Rescue, 1991 Oil, acrylic, painted cloth, buttons on stitched and padded canvas
233.7 x 266.1 cm
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