Lot 096

b. Indonesia, 1932


Signed and dated 'A.D. PIROUS '96' (lower right)
Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
45cm x 45cm

Private Collection, Indonesia;
acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 9,000

Piramida Emas (Golden Pyramid) depicts an abstracted triangular – blocks of green and teal impasto forming a pyramid – with its prism-shaped summit highlighted in gold leaf. An outline of impasto serves as a border and two rectangular shapes with three gold dots on the left and two on the right are seen above the pyramid. The artist’s symbolic painting reflects universality inspired by Islamic art particularly with the use of geometric motifs such as the triangle which conveys human consciousness and the principle of harmony, the circle which represents eternity, and the square which symbolises physical experience and the physical world or materiality.

A pioneer and major contributor in Islamic painting in Indonesia, Abdul Djalil Pirous, better known as A.D. Pirous, possesses a truly remarkable flair in integrating Islamic geometric patterns and traditional Arabic calligraphy scriptures into Western abstract art. The epiphany was unveiled during his academic studies in America when he encountered the magnificence of calligraphic artworks from the Middle East displayed at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. His identity was re-discovered and his art was inspired by the scriptures ever since.

Kenneth M. George, professor of anthropology at UWMadison, USA , commented on his artistic approach: “When he began to combine abstraction and Quranic calligraphy in the 1970s, his influence quickly spread. He awakened fellow Muslims to contemporary painting, and helped them think of themselves as an art-producing community.”

A.D. Pirous graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 1964 and served as a lecturer at his alma mater for almost 40 years (1964 to 2002). He pursued his studies in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in 1969. He was appointed to set up the department of Graphic Design at ITB in 1972. He has held solo exhibitions across Indonesia since 1972 and had exhibited in Kuala Lumpur by the invitation of National Art Gallery in 2003 with a solo show titled Words and Faith. Among the numerous group shows Pirous has participated include Artes Indonesia Contemporania in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1961), the 8th International Biennale Exhibition of Prints at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (1972), the International Biennale of Graphic Arts at Moderna Galeriya, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (1981), 9 Zeitgenossiche Maler aus Indonesien, Gothaer Kunstforum, Koln, Germany (1996) and many others.