b. Indonesia, 1927 - d. 2000
Signed and dated 'popo'95' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
50cm x 60cm
Private Collection, Indonesia.
Accompanied with certificate from Griya Seni Popo Iskandar,
ESTIMATE RM 12,000 - 18,000
PRICE REALISED RM 13,440
The rooster is another distinctive theme by Popo Iskandar conceived in 1974 as an object study and the theme was continuously repeated in the following decades. Popo Iskandar relates the rooster to the weathervane, a wind direction indicator commonly found in Europe particularly in the Netherlands to indicate the country’s variable ocean conditions although the stimulation of Popo Iskandar’s roosters is beyond the weathercock. In a meticulous decision to implement uniformity in his roosters, Popo Iskandar explains: “Although my roosters can be painted with just one or two colours, their combs must be red.” Presented here is an all red rooster with yellow beak and speckles of green and blue are expressively painted on its body.
Popo Iskandar’s interest in the arts grew when he undertook a painting course at Keimin Bunka Shidoso, Bandung under the guidance of Barli Sasmitawainata and Hendra Gunawan in 1943. His artistic career began as a poster painter for the Information Service of Indonesian Students Armed Force (TRIP) in 1945. He was then enrolled at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Department of Fine Arts and graduated in 1958. Aside from his role as a lecturer at the State Teachers Training College in Bandung, Popo was also a highly regarded scholar and art critic. His bold, graphic works usually feature stylised animal forms with vivid colours. In the 1960s, he created his signature collection of artworks on topic of cats that reflect on not only the physical attributes but the spiritual understanding of the animal. Popo received numerous accolades during his lifetime and was awarded life membership by the Jakarta Academy for shows held outside of Indonesia, namely in China, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States of America. An exhibition titled Popo Iskandar’s Expressions in collaboration with Griya Seni Popo Iskandar was held at Curate, Seni Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur in 2014 to celebrate the artist’s decades of creative oeuvre.
55 Tahun Seni Lukis Popo Iskandar , Citra dan Pemikiran, Mamannoor, Yayasan Matra Media Bandung, 1998.
Rupakata: Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar , Hawe Setiawan, M.Sn., Soni Farid Maulana, Anton Susanto, S.Sn., Studio Titian Seni, Griya Seni Popo Iskandar, 2013.
Popo Iskandar’s Expressions, The Expressions of Popo Iskandar by Sarah Abu Bakar, Curate@SENI, Kuala Lumpur, 2014.