b. The Netherlands, 1916
SHRINES AND TREE, 2007
Signed and dated 'arie smit 2007' (lower right)
Inscribed, signed and dated on reverse
Acrylic on canvas
22cm x 32cm
Private Collection, Singapore
Accompanied with certificate of authenticity
from NEKA ART MUSEUM , Bali, Indonesia.
ESTIMATE RM 7,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED RM 17,600
|Arie’s love and great admiration for tropical places has brought him far away from his homeland to Bali where he has now lived since 1956. Bali provides perfect setting for his artistic creation. It is Bali with its extraordinary landscape and exotic culture that Arie found what was always missing in his home country: light. His works from the 1960s up to the present testify to his never ending passion and obsession with light and colours. Thus this depiction of various outdoor scenes is a result of his continuous search in capturing and reflecting all kinds of colours onto his canvases.
Characterised by strong, bold lines, and expressionist tones, Arie’s work is spontaneous in nature and subjective in the choice of colours. To create the overall mood of the scene, details are diminished, objects are simplified and figures are scaled down. Through his work, Arie shares with us his artistic vision and feelings.
He won the Dharma Kusuma Award (Bali, 1992) and his works are in the collection of Museum Bali (Denpasar, Bali), Penang Museum (Malaysia). His exhibitions include, East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawai, 1988), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, 1990, 1996), Neka Art Museum (Ubud, Bali, 1992, 1994 - 1995), Singapore Art Museum (1994), Museum Nasional (Jakarta, 1995), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).