Srihadi Sudarsono (b. 1931)
Widely admired for his vividly colored paintings, Indonesian painter Srihadi Sudarsono has captivated many with his fluid portrayals of beautiful dancers for over half a century.
Armed with the philosophy that art should embody inner spiritual beauty, he reaches out to his audience and helps them connect the visual to the spiritual. In a world that is increasingly fast paced, he aims to use his paintings for self-reflection and reprieve.
Srihadi's dancers form part of an integral theme for the artist. Throughout his career, he has tirelessly refashioned and re-imagined the same subject matter; sometimes making subtle adjustments to the pose, rearranging the composition, varying the proportions or by using different combinations of colours in differing brush strokes and brightness.
As evident in the painting, Srihadi is a skilled colourist. His ability to make use of a limited colour palette here and transforming the dancers into figures of such dynamic energy is noteworthy. Yet this energy that threatens to jump off the page is not the result of strong bold brushstrokes, but through the luscious swirls of colour that seem to engulf the senses and excite the spirit.
Srihadi depicted the various performers in the following 3 lots. From the famed legong dancers to Indonesian traditional puppetry, these are the excellent subjects for the artist to explore "ongoing interaction between the physical and the non-physical, the mental and the spiritual."
Tiga penari janger ( Three janger dancers)