Lot 059

b. Indonesia, 1971


Left: Signed and dated 'Putu Sutawijaya, 1999' (lower left)
Centre: Signed and dated 'Putu Sutawijaya, 1999' (lower left)
Right: Signed and dated 'Putu Sutawijaya, 1999' (lower left)

Mixed media on canvas
100cm x 120cm; triptych, 100cm x 40cm each

Private Collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 12,000


Putu Sutawijaya graduated in 1998 from the Art Faculty of Indonesia’s Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta. He received the best Fine Art Award from ISI in 1995 and was cited as one of the Top 10 Best Artists in the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards Indonesia in 1999. In 2000, he received the Lempad Prize from Sanggar Dewata, Bali. He has actively participated in numerous exhibitions regionally and internationally since 1989, among others are Indonesian Artists at Chouinard Gallery Hong Kong (1999), Asia Contemporary in London (2000), Dermensch Als Mass at Der Kulturen Museum, Basel (2001). His solo shows were held at Gajah Gallery, Singapore (1999), Chouinard Gallery, Hong Kong (2000, 2002), Chouinard Gallery, Chicago (2003), Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2006) and Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong (2007).

With a strong Balinese background, Putu Sutawijaya develops his artistic and craftsmanship qualities through expressive employment of postures and gestures on his canvases. Peculiarity of his artworks can be witnessed via the combinations of colours used by the artist, such as black, brown, and red. Unlike his usual paintings, in this present lot, Sutawijaya exceptionally brings masks onto his canvas, wedding the traditional aspect of his Balinese ancestry with western techniques and material. Through this work, Sutawijaya successfully combines these traditional and western elements to produce