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Lot 041

NYOMAN GUNARSA
b. Indonesia, 1944

FLUTE PLAYERS, 1990

Signed and dated ‘Nyoman 90’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
145cm x 145cm (canvas)
186cm x 186cm (inclusive of original handcarved
wooden frame)


PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Singapore.

EXHIBITED
Bali Offerings The Art of Nyoman Gunarsa, Riverwalk
Galleria Singapore, 1992.

LITERATURE
边舞边画,边画边舞, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore,
24 November 1992; illustrated.
This Painter Is A Bali Dancer, Susie Wong, Straits Times, Singapore, 29 November 1992; illustrated.

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ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 30,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 26,880

Flute Players illustrates Nyoman Gunarsa’s artistic qualities through his choice of subject matter and the energetic abstraction evident in the lower part of the painting, emulating the harmonious sound of the flute. executed in 1990, this piece was produced during his most creative period which is known to be between 1989 and 1990. Nyoman Gunarsa’s works often feature depictions of Balinese offerings, dancers, and wayang (shadow play) in a uniquely expressionistic manner. Aside from being an accomplished painter, he is also deeply connected to his Balinese culture and is a well-known puppet-master and a priest. His paintings are based on the traditional Balinese gamelan music as well as dance and shadow puppet performances.

Nyoman Gunarsa graduated from Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts), Yogyakarta in 1976. He is founding member of the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia artists group in 1970. Gunarsa has opened his own art museums in Yogyakarta and Klungkung. 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 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 Muzium Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia (Museum of Contemporary Indonesian Painting) in Yogyakarta in 1989 and Muzium Seni Lukis Klasik Bali (Museum of Classical Balinese Painting) in Klungkung in 1994.