Lot 089

b. Indonesia, 1944

TWO DANCERS, undated

Signed (lower right)
Oil on canvas
69cm x 69cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 8,000



Nyoman Gunarsa was born in Banda, Klungkung, Bali, on 15 April 1944. He studied painting and also taught sketching at Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta, and graduated in 1976. He is a founder member of the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia artists’ group there 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.

Gunarsa first painted in an academic style before he started doing expressionistic works in the 1980s. “I am drawn towards lines like singing and placing colours like dancing,” says the artist. This is the basis of his creative concept, namely rhythm. His paintings are developments of forms which he mastered while doing earlier in his career.

(excerpts from a text by Agus Dermawan T in the book Modern Indonesian Art from Raden Saleh to the Present Day, p. 141)