"My first memory of painting ? Well, I was a very small boy and it was a very, very hot day in Cerebon I went to the Kitchen and asked my mother for one cent to buy ice cream. Can you imagine - only one cent ! - but my mother didn't even have one cent to give me. I could not accept that - I got so angry, I screamed and cried, until my mother took a bucket of cold water and threw the water over my head!
So there I was sitting on the kitchen floor, dripping wet and then I started to draw with my fingers in the mud that had formed on the dirty floor. That is my first memory of painting" (Astri Wright, Soul, Spirit, and Mountain: Preoccupations of Contemporary Indonesian Painters, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1994, p. 110).
Such a spontaneous beginning befits a master who will be known for his expressionistic style that gives supremacy to emotion and subjective interpretation in his works. The present lot 'excellently illustrates the signature style of the artist. A style that is agile in speed, spontaneous in mood and profound in spirit. The eventual result is a dazzling image that cajoles the onlooker deeper into the subject; hence one sees the strength and beauty of the depicted subject which very often has an unique quality which makes every composition personable and intimate.