Lot 021

b. Indonesia, 1971


Signed and dated 'Erica 2011' (lower left)
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 110cm

Private Collection, Indonesia

Accompanied with certificate from artist

ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 7,000

Erica Hestu Wahyuni’s naïve and playful renditions have ascertained her reputation as one of the most sought-after contemporary artists in Southeast Asia. Her distinctive depiction of child-like fantasy in bold and vivid colours lures one into the magical imagination of her mind’s eye. Her theme is inspired by “situations, phenomenons, dreams and also everyday imaginations”.

This imaginative piece illustrates the celebration of a joyful and prosperous wedding ceremony. The newlyweds are seen standing next to each other at the centre of the canvas. References of Chinese culture are evident with the appropriation of two red paper lanterns hanging above the couple, a Pagoda at the upper right corner, recurrences of mandarin orange fruit and tree motifs as well as traditional costumes. A truck parading the monogram of luxury designer wear, Louis Vuitton is playfully displayed in the background.

Erica’s first exhibition of sketches was held at Taman Budaya (Cultural Park), Yogyakarta in 1990. She has then participated in a number of group shows including 32nd Year of the Sanggar Bambu at Widya Manggala, Yogyakarta (1991), Women Imaging Women at the Cultural Centre in the Philippines (1999) and To Russia with Art Yayasan Seni Rupa Indonesia in Moscow, Russia (2000). Her most recent solo exhibition was held at Mondecor Museum and Art Gallery, Jakarta in conjunction with Cap Goh Meh festival early this year.