Lot 014

b. Indonesia, 1960


Signed and dated ‘heri dono 2003’ (upper left)
Mixed media collage on paper
35cm x 47cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 10,000
Featuring at auction in Malaysia for the first time is one of Indonesia’s most internationally recognised contemporary artists - Heri Dono, a painter, sculptor and an installation artist who is celebrated for his storytelling method. The New York Times describes that his work “often features fierce and distressing visions of political and social issues like military interventions, political corruption and environmental tragedies”.

His capacity to tell stories through painting or as he dubs a “language without any text” has captivated the art circuit globally for more than two decades. Curators, critics, collectors and audiences worldwide have recognised his presence as one of the first contemporary Indonesian artists of his generation to break into the international art scene in the early 1990s.

Heri Dono’s works are heavily influenced by his profound knowledge in animation, cartoons and Javanese wayang kulit or shadow play combined with fantastical and bizarre illustrations imbedded with socio-political commentary. Depicted here are two stylised figures conjoined in the arm - seemingly in a fight with both bearing weapons in each hand - one figure is positioned upside down while the other walks on three feet. His playful colour palette conveys satiric remarks against a dark background. The puppetry element is apparent with each character’s formidable features, placed in awkward postures.

Heri Dono received his art education from the Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta (1980 – 1987), where he won the Prize for the Best Painting in 1981 as well as in 1985. He trained with Sukasman, one of Indonesia’s top masters in wayang kulit for a year in 1987. One of his earliest and most illustrious achievements is the Prince Claus Award, in Recognition of Exceptional Initiatives and Activities in the Field of Art and Development, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Netherlands in 1998. Other awards included UNESCO Prize for the International Art Biennial, Shanghai, China (2000), Second Annual Enku Grand Awards, Gifu Prefectural Government, Japan (2003) and the Visual Art Award 2011, for dedication, contribution and achievement in visual art fields from 2000 to 2010 (2011). He has participated in numerous artist residency programmes since 1990 namely in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Germany, Norway, Brazil and many more. His works have been displayed in a number of biennales and triennials since 1984 which included the Fourth Biennial of Indonesian Young Artists in Indonesia, First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1993), Universalis at the 23rd Biennial Internacional, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1996), Zone of Urgency at the Venice Biennale, Italy (2003) to name a few. His most recent solo exhibition was held in Germany titled Heri Dono - The Ship of History (2013). He recently participated in Art Stage Singapore 2014. He is represented by the London and Hong Kong based gallery, Rossi & Rossi.