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Lot 101

DEDE ERI SUPRIA
b. Indonesia, 1956

MENCOBA UNTUK TUMBUH (TRYING TO GROW), 1992

Signed and dated ‘Dede Eri Supria 1992’ (lower left)
Acrylic on canvas
176cm x 205 cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Singapore; acquired through Sotheby’s
Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings,
Hong Kong, 8 April 2008, lot 552.


ESTIMATE  RM 25,000 - 40,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 24,000
“I paint realism not to portray something that represents this reality rather, I paint from the construction that I have established.”

- Dede Eri Supria


A hyper-realist painter, Dede Eri Supria is Indonesia’s contemporary artist whose themes include observations in social change, urban class deterioration, and societal effect on developments in his hometown Jakarta. Depicted here is an eye level, close up view of a construction site - an evergrowing labyrinth of steel and concrete structure expanding vertically and horizontally – with bright orange safety helmets cemented within the tip of each pillar perhaps symbolic of lives lost in the race for urban civilisation apparent in most developing cities today.

Dede Eri Supria was mentored by Dukut Hendranoto, fondly known as Pak Ooq, a social realist painter in Jakarta between 1960 and 1970. He attended Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia Yogyakarta (1975 – 1977) and travelled to Europe to broaden his art knowledge in 1981. He displayed his artworks for the first time in an exhibition organised by the New Fine Art Movement at Balai Budaya, Jakarta in 1976. His solo exhibition included Concerning Change held in Singapore (2002). He was the recipient of a number of awards namely The General Award for the Arts from The Society for American-Indonesian Friendship (1978), Best Painting Award by Jakarta Art Council (1981 Biennale), Adam Malik Award (1986), Affandi Award (1993), and First Prize Philip Morris Indonesian Arts Award (1997).