Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 27 May 2018 | Arifien's Early Artworks (lots #142 - 145)

Arifien, or Neif (as he is known to his close friends), was born in 1955 in Surabaya. He has developed a keen interest in drawing since he was young and has been winning many art competitions ever since. He moved to Jakarta in 1974 and struggled to make a living through various jobs before becoming an artist, from a construction worker, restaurant waiter, to interior design assistant and advertising worker. With the wages he earned, he bought art supplies and continued his passion in the arts.

As a self-taught painter, Arifien absorbed various artistic influences from international as well as local painters. He admitted being influenced by Picasso, Matisse, and Affandi. To many, Arifien’s style is recognized as Fauvism, with simplified details and distorted subjects. Although he has been compared to many famous Western artists, Arifien managed to develop his own, Indonesian style of painting.

Arifien is an expressive painter. While he is well known for his vibrant, celebrative scenes of modern humans in his later works, his earlier works apparently captured a more emotional (lot #142) and calmer side of life (lots #143-144). He also had a chance to explore other subjects such as animals, in his 3-panel piece that decorated the walls of White Rabbit Restaurant, Pondok Indah Mall in the 1990s (lot #145).

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 27 May 2018 | The Versatility of Nyoman Gunarsa (lots #121 - 124)

Nyoman Gunarsa was born in Klungkung, Bali in 1944. He grew up in the Kamasan tradition, an older tradition that flourished in the Klungkung courts in the 17th century, far from the newer Ubud and Batuan traditions which were popular on the island at that time. Instead of developing his artistic style in the region, he left for Yogyakarta after completing junior high school to enroll in the Indonesian Fine Arts Academy (ASRI). There, he studied under Abas Alibasyah, Widayat and Fajar Sidik and became an instructor at the academy after his graduation.

His career skyrocketed ever since. He received Best Painting Award at the National Biennial Exhibition in 1978 and 1980 and participated in numerous international exhibitions in Japan, Europe, and the United States. His paintings are displayed in many museum collections around the world. The prolific painter also established his own museums, The Nyoman Gunarsa Indonesian Contemporary Painting Museum in Yogyakarta and The Classical Balinese Painting Museum in Klungkung, Bali. For his efforts in developing and preserving the visual arts, he received the Dharma Kusuma Award from the Balinese Government in 1995.

Nyoman Gunarsa’s paintings are highly expressive and dynamic. He is well known for his flamboyant, energetic twist on the elements of Balinese iconography, costumes, and ceremonies. His canvas resembles the energy of Balinese gamelan orchestra, where the brushstrokes seem to portray rhythm in the painting, while the colors that he use appear to represent the different types of musical instruments.

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 27 May 2018 | The Other Side of Abas Alibasjah (lots #019 - 022)

Lot 019, Sketsa 

Abas Alibasjah was known as the most senior abstract artist in his generation. He has started drawing while he was studying at Holandsche Inlandsche School. He decided to develop his artistic pursuit as a painter after his encounter with Barli Sasmitawinata, Hendra Gunawan, Sudjana Kerton, and Affandi at Keimin Bunka Sidhoso, a cultural institution formed by the Japanese government in Bandung. He became a student at the Indonesian Fine Arts Academy (ASRI) before he left to study in the Netherlands to become an internationally-acclaimed artist and art educator.

From the 1960s to early 1970s, together with other artists from the Jogja school, Alibasjah applied the modern idea of simplification through geometric and abstraction approach in his paintings, which later became a style he is well known of. Although he is well known for his oil paintings, Alibasjah did explore other media and techniques to express his artistic creation. For example, in Sketsa (lot #019), you will see pencil sketches of his signature surrealistic, distorted figures in forms, dating from the years 1966, 1983, and 2010. You will also find his experimentation with Batik technique in Abstract, Untitled, and The Dragon (lots #020-022), his 1977 fusion works that combine modern surrealist-abstract expression with the timeless beauty of the traditional wax-resist dyeing technique.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | Property of the late Haryono Haryoguritno (lots #018-040)

Haryono Haryoguritno (Temanggung, C. Java, 26 January 1932- Jakarta, 13 March 2017) was known as a world expert in traditional keris and his contribution to this resulted in the Indonesian Keris being recognised as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. In 2008, the Indonesian Keris was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. His own book, Keris Jawa, Antara Mistik dan Nalar, was published in 2007.

Haryono had had many interesting professions during his long and colourful life. To name a few, he was once an adjutant to President Soekarno, a naval officer, a teacher, a journalist, a mechanical engineer by training, but underneath it all, he was fundamentally an artist, an interior designer and a cultural ambassador by profession and at heart. He designed among others, the grand ballroom of Nusa Dua Hotel in Bali, the lobby of Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta (before the renovation) and created the perfect miniature of Borobudur temple up to its minuscule detail, which currently is still displayed in the garden of Borobudur Hotel. For his services in the field of culture, he was awarded the Satya Lancana Kebudayaan medal for culture by President of Indonesia, the Manusia Dwija title by the Surabaya Arts Education Foundation of Surabaya, the Gold Service Medal from the Javanese Culture Institute Centre of Surakarta, and many other awards.
Throughout his adult life, Haryono had been an avid and passionate collector of arts in various forms (paintings, sculptures, statues), cultural objects and antiques). His passion for art and culture (which has started since childhood), his interaction and introduction to famous painters and artists during his tenure as President Soekarno's adjutant, added with his own perfectionist eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and sophisticated taste for beauty have resulted in an impressive, fascinating and most varied collections of arts.  

Sidharta Auctioneer is honoured to feature a selection of his painting collections here.  His other collections will be presented in our upcoming auctions next year.

Lot 028

Lot 023

Lot 037

Lot 027

Lot 024

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | Paratroopers boarding the Hercules by Trubus Soedarsono (lot #135)

Lot 135

 Paratroopers Boarding the Hercules by Trubus Soedarsono (lot #135)

In 1958, Allan Pope, an American civilian pilot suspected to be working for the CIA in support of the Permesta rebellion, was shot down, He was captured, taken into custody, but was eventually released. During President Sukarno’s visit to the United States in 1959, President John F. Kennedy offered a token of gratitude for Pope’s release. It was the Lockheed C-140 Jetstar to be used as the Presidential aircraft, replacing the Soviet Ilyushin Il-14 which was used at that time.
When Sukarno visited the Lockheed factory in 1961, he chose the Hercules C-130B to replace the Indonesian Air Force’s Canadian de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou transport airplanes. Indonesian pilots ferry flew the ten C-130B over a 13.000 mile distance to Indonesia.  The planes were assigned to the Heavy Transportation Air Squadron 31 of the Indonesian Air Force.
Leo Wattimena who in 1964 was the Commander of the Air Force Operations Command, personally commissioned Trubus to paint a number of paintings surrounding the activities of the Air Force.  Although the painting does not clearly depict the form of the airplane, it is quite clear that the paratroopers are walking onto a hinged loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage, into the body of the airplane, typical of and unique to the design of the Hercules. During the Dwikora operations in  September 1964, three Hercules planes were used to fly the Air Force’s Pasukan Gerak Tjepat paratroopers, dropping them in Kalimantan in covert operations against Malaysia.

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | An Homage to Arie Smit (15 April 1916 – 23 March 2016) (lots #142-145)

Lot 142

Lot 143

Lot 144

Lot 145

An Homage to Arie Smit (15 April 1916 – 23 March 2016) (lots #142-145)

Dutch-born Indonesian artist Arie Smit passed away on 23 March 2016, just less than a month shy of his 100th birthday. Born in Zandaam, The Netherlands, in 1916, in the middle of the first World War, it was his dream and life long goal to gain complete freedom by becoming an artist. Ironically, the young Arie Smit arrived in Indonesia in 1938 on military contract, and was assigned to the Topographical Service. Following the Japanese occupation in 1942, as a prisoner of war, he was taken into forced labor camps in Singapore, Thailand, and Burma. Yet, after the Dutch finally acknowledged Indonesia's sovereignty in 1949, Arie Smit chose to remain in the new republic and became an Indonesian citizen as early as 1951.
By 1955, he had already held three solo exhibitions, at the Kolff in Jakarta, the BPM in Plaju, Palembang, and in Bandung. Yet, he only decided to become a full time painter in 1956, when he came to Bali upon painter Rudolf Bonnet and art connoisseur and dealer James Pandy's invitation. Although the trip to Bali was supposed to be a relatively brief visit, the painter decided to stay on the island, apparently for good, as he has remained there for almost half a century now. Yet, Arie could not stay still in a single place in Bali. While remaining on the island of Bali, he moved from one place to another: Ubud, Campuhan, Sanur, Tanjung Bungkak near Denpasar, Singaraja, and even Lovina Beach.
Since the 1970s, Arie Smit painted using mosaics of color that are brushed onto the canvas in rapid strokes. “My colors do not clash, they blend. Lines do not divide but unite,” he further asserted. The artist’s spontaneous brush strokes, applied to outline or highlight the shapes and forms in his paintings in this period, often elicit a vibrant effect. “The brush strokes move and move. They create the life of the painting,” he affirms. The outlines of the forms of architecture, as well as the effects of the wind’s motion on the vegetation around the temple, all animate the nuance of the painting. Arie Smit’s works reflected his vibrant activities, constantly moving around the island and not being able to remain still at one place.
Arie finally decided to move back to Ubud in 1989, after living in Singaraja for four years, when Suteja Neka offered Arie Smit to stay at his Villa Sanggingan Bungalows, situated not far from the Neka Museum in Sanggingan. Arie accepted this kind offer. Starting in 1990 he settled in at his new home, after having moved at least thirty times throughout the thirty-four years of his time in Bali. He was at last somewhere for good.
While it seemed that he was going to retire, the artist continued to be productive and creative for over another decade. Until juat a few years ago, even after an eye cataract operation, he still painted in his studio, using his memories of the scenes that he has accumulated throughout almost half a century of his life on the Island of Bali. Sadly, in the last few years of his life the artist chose to stop painting, spending his days quietly lying in bed. Although his memory still remained sharp as a razor, and physically he remains quite strong,  it seems that his failing eyesight is the reason that he was no longer interested in searching for light and colors. He seemed to have desperately waited for his ultimate freedom.

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017:| Affandi Sabung Ayam (lot # 127)

Lot 127
In September 1961, Affandi visited the United States for the second time, with his wife Maryati, touring Columbus, Ohio, Buffalo, Ithaca, Syracuse and New York City,  New York, and Washington, D.C.  

During his stay in Washington, D.C., Affandi felt very much at home, enjoying the hospitality of the family of Doedi Soemawidjaja, the Indonesian cultural attaché at the time, with whom he stayed. As a token of gratitude, the artist presented his host with this painting.  

The painting was purchased from the family of the late cultural attache.

This painting has been authenticated by Kartika Affandi, the daughter of the artist.
A certificate of authenticity for this painting had been issued in 1995. Unfortunately, the original certificate is yet to be found.