Lot 014

b. Indonesia, 1956


Signed and dated 'Dede Eri Supria 2014' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
100cm x 125cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

Accompanied with certificate from artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 18,000


Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms namely painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts and performing arts which is no surprise that artists from all over the place and all eras seek inspiration from the island. Malaysian artists from Tew Nai Tong, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Lui Cheng Thak to Shia Yih Ying and Kow Leong Kiang have immersed themselves in Balinese culture. So have the pioneer artists of Singapore in the 1950s and the arrival of Western artists in the 1920s. Jakarta-born Dede Eri Supria too finds his muse there by capturing a Balinese dancer in preparation of her ritual dance, in the act of fixing her elaborately decorated headdress in a Realist manner. Her striking gold-gilded costume is balanced with soothing purple apparent on her attire and sashes in the background amidst the stage props of Barong mask and kain poleng, and on the purple and white orchids in the air.

Dede Eri Supria was mentored by Dukut Hendranoto, fondly known as Pak Ooq, a social realist painter in Jakarta between 1960 and 1970. He attended Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia Yogyakarta (1975 – 1977) and travelled to Europe to broaden his art knowledge in 1981. He displayed his artworks for the first time in an exhibition organised by the New Fine Art Movement at Balai Budaya, Jakarta in 1976. His solo exhibition included Concerning Change held in Singapore (2002). He was the recipient of a number of awards namely The General Award for the Arts from The Society for American-Indonesian Friendship (1978), Best Painting Award by Jakarta Art Council (1981 Biennale), Adam Malik Award (1986), Affandi Award (1993), and First Prize Philip Morris Indonesian Arts Award (1997).