Lot 085

b. Indonesia, 1971


Signed and dated 'Erica 94' (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
94.5cm x 44.5cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

Erica, Art’s Most Playful Child, Amir Sidharta,
Jakarta, 2001, illustrated on page 46.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 5,000

The Television is an early piece by the imaginative and goodhumuored artist Erica Hestu Wahyuni. An early rendition of her naïve stylistic approach, the employment of vibrant colours and an illustration of childlike figures is already apparent here. The television box is housed in a pagoda shaped TV cabinet and a woman appearing as a newscaster is visible on screen. Three young children are seen looking up at the enormous television from below. Her strokes are seemingly loosened here and her choice of spatial composition defines her progressive stance as demonstrated by her creative output today.

Erica is a recognised contemporary artist not just in her homeland Indonesia, but also internationally. Her distinctive depiction of child-like fantasy in bold and vivid colours lures one into the magical imagination of her mind’s eye. Having graduated from the Surikov State Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia, her naïve theme is inspired by “situations, phenomenons, dreams and also everyday imaginations”.

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.