Lot 499 - Heri Dono - Semar as an Angel
Water, Canvas, Wax Crayon, Acrylic, Wax, Oil, Pasted on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Heri Dono is a contemporary Indonesian artist known for his inventive mélange of traditional folk art with contemporary imagery. Throughout his practice, he combines diverse source material such as wayang kulit (shadow puppets), Western pop culture, and socio-political issues in paintings and installations. Born on June 12, 1960 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dono went on to study at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta. His works seek to disrupt and contradict the mainstream narratives of Western art and its control over international art practices. Dono represented Indonesia in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and his works are in the collections of the Deutsche Guggenheim in Frankfurt, the Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, among others. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I create works by combining concepts of Animism and Animated Cartoons. All the most impossible possibilities of life in this world can be illustrated in a work of art.
"Semar as an Angel" depicts the story of a Semar figure in Java who is actually a godn amed Ismoyo. He incarnates as a human figure and acts as a clown. He criticized the royalofficials in the kingdom and sided with the people (wong alit).
"Petruk as a Clown" tells the story of Semar's brother in the Punakawan group. One day hebecame a king and brought humor to the Kingdom. In fact, his position was not that of a statesman.
"Chatting about Pandemic", is about the current situation where there is an epidemic that does not provide certainty of life. In contemplation we realize that the certainty of life is theuncertainty itself.
"A Security of Life" illustrates a superhero who doesn't know how to wear underwear. He wears it after wearing trousers. He doesn't realize that his genital is not covered.Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 15 October 2020