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Pacita Abad: Circles in My Mind


Tieh Wah Press (pte) Limited, Singapore, 2003, 84 pp.

“I always see the world through colour, although my vision, perspective and paintings are constantly influenced by new ideas and changing environments. I feel like I am an ambassador of colours, always projecting a positive mood that helps make the world smile.”

Abad’s paintings are characterised by vibrant colour, constant change, experimentation and development. Her early paintings were primarily socio-political works of people, primitive masks, underwater scenes and tropical flowers. Her most extensive body of work, however, is her vibrantly colourful abstract paintings – experimenting with a wide variety of materials from paper pulp and prints to bark cloth, metal, ceramics and glass.

A disciplined and prolific painter, Abad created over 5,000 artworks. She painted a 55-meter long Alkaff Bridge in Singapore and covered it with 2,350 multicolored circles, just a few months before she passed away. Abad had more than 60 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 70 group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Her works are now in public, corporate and private art collections in over 70 countries.

Includes an essay by Cid Reyes and photographs of artworks.

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