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Lot 087

AGUS SUWAGE
b. Indonesia, 1959

RESURRECTION, 2000

Signed and dated 'AGUS SUWAGE '2000' (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
140cm x 70cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Indonesia.


ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 24,000

PRICE REALISED RM 26,880


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“Suwage is usually reticent about the intentions behind the making of his art. As in real life, he rarely explains; he shows, smiles, and walks away. He shape-shifts and slides, slipping in and out of characters on canvas, playing the tortured, the oppressor, the revered, the jester, the fool, the glut, the masochist. Framed within the image of the artist in his myriad guises are layers of socio-political commentary and critique of human nature. Meanings are multi-faceted and difficult to pin down, new associations and possibilities are produced at each turn. His quiet statements often deliver stealthy blows, calculated moves designed to hit different notes on the emotional and intellectual scale. The personality behind each painting provides an insight into the artist’s personality and inner thoughts, at times brazen, introspective or sharp with social satire.”

(Adeline Ooi, Pinning down the fool exhibition catalogue, Valentine Willie Fine Art Gallery, 14 Oct – 6 Nov 2004, p. 1)