Lot 094

b. Indonesia, 1973


Signed and dated ‘ANDY DEWANTORO 2007’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
145cm x 200cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 15,000
Indonesian contemporary artist, Andy Dewantoro draws his inspiration of painting shadowy and cinematic pictures from the unlikely masters of 19th-century landscape visionaries William Turner and John Constable during his artist residency in Europe. This encounter leads to a breakthrough in development, creating highly ambient urban landscapes. He adopts urban spatial structures like factories, churches and bridges - devoid of human presence viewed at a distance set in twilight atmospheres in monochromatic palettes of black, purple, white and grey - perhaps to emphasise solitude and emptiness. The romantic effect also recalls distant memories in a poetic manner eluding neither dream nor reality.

Depicted here is an expansive living scene of a caravan park, seen at a distance, as if the viewer is looking out the window of a slow moving train. Three rows of caravans parked on a vast field on the right and two detached houses located on the far left of the picture plane are painted in monochromatic grey palette. The infinite horizon and misty fields suggest the gloomy and cold climate of England, a familiar landscape for campsites such as this. Inspired by his travels around Europe in 2006, this picturesque landscape was perhaps photographed then and painted later upon his return.

An architectural design graduate from Bandung Institute of Technology in 2000, Andy’s early work as a painter tended towards abstraction. He has held three solo exhibitions namely Half Full Half Empty (2011), Kuala Lumpur, empty - space - landscapes, Indonesia (2010), and Silent World, Indonesia (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally which included Reach at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013, Art Stage Singapore 2012, The Indonesian Eye Contemporary Art Exhibition, London, United Kingdom, 2011, Contemporaneity, Biennale Indonesia Art Award, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2010, The KorkeP – 35th International Art Camp’s Exhibition, The Gallery of the Lazarea Castle, Romania and Awareness – Indonesian Art Today, Canvas International Art, the Netherlands in 2009.