Lot 102

b. Indonesia, 1973


Signed and dated ‘MASRIADI FEB 1998’ (lower left)
Mixed media on canvas
70cm x 80cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

Nyoman Masriadi: Reconfiguring the Body, T.K. Sabapathy,
Gajah Gallery, Singapore, 2011; illustrated in monograph.

ESTIMATE  RM 60,000 - 80,000
Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist I Nyoman Masriadi is featured at auction in Malaysia for the first time with this early piece dated 1998 which depicts a surreal mythological creature with wings and a human face executed in monochrome and in the manner of Cubism. The stylised, multi-coloured background is illustrated in various motifs enhancing the dreamlike qualities the artist aims to achieve. His style has been immaculately developed throughout his artistic career which spans over a decade and can be distinguished chronologically: his hyperrealist characters presented in recent years, graphically rendered figures accentuating the lines and contours of the body in the mid-2000s, and his neo-Cubist figures of the 1990s and early 2000s as exemplified here.

I Nyoman Masriadi attained international recognition with his surreal and satirical images whose witty narratives present social commentary rooted in Indonesian cultural history, contemporary life and global pop culture. He attended the Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta (Department of Fine Art) in 1993. His solo exhibitions were displayed abroad namely Recent Paintings held in New York (2011) and Black is My Last Weapon, Singapore (2008). He has participated in numerous group shows which included India Art Fair, New Delhi (2012); Art Basel, Switzerland (2011); Art Basel Miami Beach, United States of America (2010); Art Paris + Guests, France, Paris (2010); The Simple Art of Parody, Taipei MOCA, China (2009); Beauty and Terror, Paris, France (2005); Seni Rupa Campur, Dordrecht, the Netherlands (2000); Masa Kini, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (1999) and Hitam Putih + Plus – an Exhibition of Kelompok Prasidha, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1994).