Lot 023

b. Indonesia, 1977


Gouache on paper
Diptych, 15cm x 10.5cm each

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE  RM 600 - 1,000

As one of the main artists in the Post-Suharto generation dubbed the 2000 Generation, Eko Nugroho is known for his commentary on social and communal issues using self-crafted populist caricatures. His work reflects the daily life of Indonesian society addressing sociocultural and political issues created in a fusion of styles such as Street Art, Pop Art, and Surrealism. A multi-disciplinary artist, he utilises the floor, wall and ceiling spaces for his paintings, drawings, sci-fi animation, tapestry, murals, sculptures, videos and performance with the aid of music and light.

His works often depict ‘solitary part-man/part-machine figures against an empty graphic patterned background, rendered in flat strong colours, conveying a certain artificiality, loneliness and vulnerability’. Presented here are two pieces of modest sized works on paper of two halves of a mutated human figure typical of Eko’s stylistic approach - split into two. The lower half sees one foot appearing as a black box while its hip is replaced with a transparent box encasing two rod-like shapes with one adorning an antler. The headless upper body is represented with three arms and another black box suggesting a sound amplifier slung over its neck. This playfulness is the quintessence of Eko’s artistic pursuit, illustrating unidentifiable creatures based on the bewilderment of his creative imagination.

Eko graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta in 1997. He has over 12 solo exhibitions under his belt displayed namely at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012), ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2011), Peking Fine Art, Beijing (2009), Lyon Biennal (2009), and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2008). He has participated in numerous group shows worldwide which included Fantasy Islands at Espace Louis Vuitton Singapore (2012), RALLY: Contemporary Indonesian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012 - 2013) and Move on Asia at the ZKM Center for Art and Media (2013). He has recently