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Lot 070

b. Surabaya, 1955


Signed and dated 'Neif 93' lower left
Oil on canvas
33cm x 26.5cm

Private collection, Indonesia.

Arifien: The Life and Fantasy of An Emerging Indonesian
, Musuem Universitas Pelita Harapan Press, 1997; illustrated on page 212.

ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 12,000

Arifien Nief is a masterful colourist. This piece was created upon his return from an inspirational trip to Bali. It depicts the performance of traditional Balinese dance executed in his signature style – the small heads and torsos of his subject are compressed and limbs are elongated – to create rhythm and movement. The choice of colour palette also marks his stamp with earthy tones applied in a fecund manner filling the canvas with an elegantly coarse enchantment.

A self-taught artist, Arifien is proficient in various painting styles through his brave experimentations. During his childhood days, his friends called him Nief which is reverse for Fien. He would spend hours in the school library poring over books on the Great Masters like Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin and Picasso. Among the other subject matters that inspire Neif are the urban and daily lives, nudes, interiors, female figures, leisure and romance. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions including Kecil Itu Indah, Edwin Gallery in Jakarta (2004), China International Gallery Exposition in Beijing (2006) and ARTSingapore - The Contemporary Asian Art Fair in Singapore (2006 and 2007). He has held 11 solo exhibitions since his first at Mitra Budaya Jakarta in 1985 which included From Indonesia With Love at The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, USA in 2000, Don’t Worry Be Happy, Be My Valentine at Canna Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia in 2003, Fine Romance at National Museum Singapore in 2008 and Wonderful World at Zola Zolu Gallery Bandung, Indonesia in 2010.