b. Indonedia, 1944
BALINESE DANCER, Undated
Oil on canvas
93.5cm x 93.5cm (canvas)
136.5cm x 136.5cm
(inclusive of original handcraved wooden frame)
Private Collection, Singapore;
acquired directly from the artist
ESTIMATE RM 10,000 - 15,000
PRICE REALISED RM 16,500
|Nyoman Gunarsa’s expressionistic style of works feature subject matters that include offerings, dancers and wayang kulit (shadow play). Aside from being a great painter, he is also deeply connected to his Balinese culture and is a wellknown puppet-master and a priest. His paintings are based on the traditional Balinese gamelan music as well as dance and shadow puppet performances.
Here, the central female dancer is captured in the lime light with pearl white skin tone, adorned with an elaborate headdress, bold eyeshadow, and a stunning blue dress. Another female figure is seen dancing in sync in the background on the left, while the rest of the canvas is covered with a flurry of gestural and spontaneous multi-coloured marks, enlivening the entire composition.
Nyoman Gunarsa graduated from Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASR I, Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts), Yogyakarta in 1976. He is founder member of the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia artists group there in 1970. He has held solo exhibitions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, France, Monaco and the USA . He has won the Pratisara Affandi Adi Karya Art Award in 1976, prizes in the Biennale - III Jakarta in 1978, Biennale - IV Jakarta in 1980 and the Lempad Prize for art in 1980. In 1994 he received the Dharma Kusuma Award from the government of Bali and the Satyalancana Kebudayaan art award from the President of Indonesia in 2003. Gunarsa participated in the Art of Bali exhibition at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1998. He established the Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia (Museum of Contemporary Indonesian Painting) in Yogyakarta in 1989 and the Museum Seni Lukis Klasik Bali (Museum of Classical Balinese Painting) in Klungkung in 1994.