b. Indonesia, 1916 - d. 2002
Signed and dated 'Otto Djaya 1998' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
50cm x 70cm
Private Collection, Indonesia.
ESTIMATE RM 3,000 - 5,000
PRICE REALISED RM 3,360
Appearing at HBArt auction for the first time, Otto Djaya – one of Indonesia’s most accomplished modern masters – depicts the traditional dance in a vibrant and energetic manner capturing the enthusiasm of the performers and the musicians. The artist was known for his depictions of traditional dances and ordinary lives in Indonesia.
Tari Pencak (Pencak Dance) is a form of martial arts performance deriving from pencak silat, performed in addition to instrumental music. Although the word silat is widely known throughout Southeast Asia, the term pencak silat is specifically used in Indonesia. Pencak silat was selected in 1948 as a unifying term for the Indonesian fighting styles. It was a compound of the two most commonly used words for martial arts in Indonesia. Pencak is a term used in central and east Java, while silat is used in Sumatra and Borneo. In modern usage, pencak and silat are seen as being two aspects of the same practice. Pencak is the performance aspects of the martial art, while silat is the essence of the fighting and self-defence. It is often said by practitioners that there can be no silat without pencak, on the other hand pencak without silat skills is purposeless.
Otto Djajasuntara is the brother of Indonesian accomplished painter Agus Djaya (1913-1994). The siblings were members of Persatuan Ahli-Ahli Gambar Indonesia (Persagi) in 1937. During the Japanese Occupation, Otto worked at Pusat Kebudayaan (Keimin Bunka Shidoso). Upon the proclamation of independence in 1947, both siblings entered Rijks Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam and were enrolled in a course at Fakulteit Latteren en Wijsbegeerte Universiteit van Amsterdam and returned to Indonesia 3 years later. He held his first solo exhibition in 1978 at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jakarta.