b. Indonesia, 1944
TWO BALINESE DANCERS, 1998
Signed and dated 'Nyoman Gunarsa 98' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
70cm x 70cm
Private Collection, Indonesia.
Accompanied with certificate from artist
ESTIMATE RM 7,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED RM 7,200
|Nyoman Gunarsa’s expressionistic style of works feature offerings, dancers, and wayang (shadow play). Aside from being a great painter, he is also deeply connected to his Balinese culture and is a well-known puppet-master and a priest. His paintings are based on the traditional Balinese gamelan music as well as dance and shadow puppet performances. Depicted here is a pair of traditional Balinese dancers expressively and rhythmically illustrated in blue with hints of red, yellow and green. The painting reveals the nature of Balinese dance, which is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive.
Nyoman Gunarsa graduated from Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesia Academy of Fine Arts), Yogyakarta in 1976. He is 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. He won the Pratisara Affandi Adi Karya Art Award in 1976, prizes in the Biennale - III Jakarta in 1978 and Biennale - IV Jakarta 1980, and the Lempad Prize for art in 1980. In 1994 he received the Dharma Kusuma Award from the government of Bali, and the Satyalancana Kebudayaan art award from the President of Indonesia in 2003. Gunarsa participated in the Art of Bali exhibition at the East-West Center in Honolulu Hawaii in1998. He established the Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia (Museum of Contemporary Indonesian Painting) in Yogyakarta in 1989, and the Museum Seni Lukis Klasik Bali (Museum of Classical Balinese Painting) in Klungkung in 1994.