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Sudarso Biography


Sudarso was born in 1914 during the times of Dutch Colonial Rule. Under the Dutch, Indonesian children were denied basic education, not to mention specialized training like traditional art techniques and methods. Priority was only given to aristocrats and intellectuals or civil servants. Generally, children from lower classes would be destined to serve as laborers or delivery boys.

Sudarso was no different. Fortunately, one of his deliveries was milk and eggs to his future teacher Affandi. Sudarso would sit for hours watching Affandi paint.

One day Affandi looked at him slightly irritated and asked, “Why do you like to watch me paint for hours and hours?” Sudarso informed him that he wanted Affandi to instruct him in drawing and painting. Affandi started giving him lessons and half used tubes of paint thus, beginning a lifelong friendship.

Perhaps it was luck that led Sudarso to dedicate his entire life to painting. Still, there was much for him to overcome. At the time the only successful Indonesian painters were those who completely detached themself from being Indonesian. Sudarso chose a very different route and experienced a very hard life, but through art Sudarso was able to float through all realms of Indonesian Society.

The period was very discouraging for aspiring painters, as the door was shut on any Indonesians that might posses undiscovered or creative talent.
The Dutch press along with the Dutch artists living in Indonesia until the Japanese occupation, all belittled and degraded the potential of the indigenous people.

It was impossible for Indonesian painters to get showings because the Dutch could not fathom an Indonesian painter having talent unless he spoke Dutch, dressed Dutch, and was formally educated by a Dutch painter.

When the Germans invaded Holland and the Japanese moved into Indonesia they were astonished to find such brilliant work in painters giving exhibitions for the first time.

As the Indonesian art scene began to flourish he moved to Yogya and began teaching at Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia, which was the most prestigious art school of its day. He was also head of the legendary “Pelukis Rakyat”.

Sudarso choose happy and simple, beautiful young women and girls as his subjects. He found such amazing beauty and intensity in women but was most noted for his rendition of hands and feet. Everything about the hands and feet is realistic down to the smallest details.

Besides fathering the painting revolution, Sudarso and his wife Hj. Asiyah had 8 children. All five of the boys became painters. The youngest of these sons has established himself as a father figure to another generation of Indonesian painters. Gono, is a magnificent abstract painter with a color and texture sense unparalled in all of art. His paintings sell all around the world for thousands of dollars.

Sudarso’s paintings are extremely rare at this point in time. He has been collected around the world and is in many museums. His most notable collector, and close personal friend, is President Soekarno. First President of the Republic of Indonesia.

To truly biography Sudarso, who passed away in 2006, would be a much larger task. He was monumental in the transformation of art into a political tool for Indonesians. The real Sudarso experience is too vast for a single post. Check back for future postings.

Sudarso Gallery

Add comment January 3rd, 2007

Bambang Wiwoho Bio

city river view
Bambang Wiwoho was born in 1959 in Semarang, Java. In the 1980′s he was a student of Dullah. Currently, he lives in Denpasar, Bali, where he works in both acrylic and oil on canvas. Bambang paints using broad brush strokes ‘en plein air’ and alla prima. He likes to paint the wild beauty of Bali that he finds hidden in the city of Denpasar.

Add comment September 13th, 2006

Jason Monet Biography

For six decades Jason Monet has been crafting his vibrant and honest view of the world onto canvas. Since studying art in England, Jason has painted while living all over the world including Malta and Australia.

Jason with Amed

For the past 20 years he has lived on the Island of Bali, Indonesia where he lives as strongly as he paints.

Upon first glance one may draw comparisons to the great impressionist and post-impressionist painters or the expressionist movement. Soon after that first glance it becomes very apparent that Jason Monet has an individualistic style that is clearly his own.

He never paints from portraits or finishes paintings in the studio. Everything is strictly en plein air and alla prima.

While painting, Jason is a swift whirlwind of personalities and paint as he races time to capture the light and the moment. His portraits are full of structure and mood highlighted with an array of colors and energy.

From the distance his paintings have tremendous life movement. It is as if one is staring at a brief video loop of a moment, where most paintings are a snapshot from the artist eye/mind. Up close to a Jason Monet painting the sourse of this movement and energy is found. He paints with pure confidence in thick bold strokes that nearly blur together, just like a 3-D photo held to closely to the face.

Add comment September 13th, 2006

Gono’s Bio

Gono in Meditation

Gono is often found enjoying the therapeutic effects of water

Gono was born in 1956, the youngest child of famous Indonesian Painter Sudarso. He had three sisters and all four of his brothers were painters. His father was the favorite painter of President Soekarno, quite possibly because of his mastery of the female figure. Sudarso was also the founder of “Pelukis Rakyat” and ASRI, Yogya’s art academy. After the coup in 1965 that ousted Soekarno, and the momentous killing spree that followed, “Pelukis Rakyat” disbanded but maintained legendary status in Indonesian Art History. Because of all these circumstances, Gono was born right into the center of Indonesian arts studying and collection center. Check out the Sudarso Gallery

Growing up, Gono was obviously exposed to the upper crust of society. The new class of rich elite that collected his father and more specifically, visits to the Presidential Palace to meet with the President himself. On the other hand he grew up seeing the effects of extreme poverty and the criminal elements of people trying to survive in the underbelly of Yogya. He recalls a neighbor that ate frogs and lizards caught along the banks of the then clean and fecund river banks of Yogya.

There are so many elements to the creation of Gono; his extensive training in all aspects of traditional painting, running in all classes and types of social circles. Also, while Gono grew up Indonesia was ruled by a Military Dictatorship where fear was a major tool of control. People ‘disappeared’ and died regularly in order for the government to maintain power and control over the Indonesian people with gorilla style terror tactics and horriable oppression.

As Gono matured and developed his own style, his paintings began to explode with social political overtones. Just look through his 90′s or early 2000′s galleries. He was painting for revolution!

There is no way to completely capture Gono in a brief biography. He is an enigma! Gono has friends of all walks of life, he is often found alone in nature or talking with fisherman by the river. He enjoys discussing the fields with a farmer and is constantly plugging himself deep into the land and people of Indonesia. When tragedy struck in the 6.3 earthquake that devastated Yogya in June 2006, he donated time and food to assist. Gono, his wife Tuti, and children Gabi and Gintani put together an arts and crafts, and gift bag day for the children of Yogya left homeless. This was a larger priority than their own damaged home. The heart and genius of Gono is immense. Thus, I will have to leave further details to later posts.

Learn more now in the Gono Intro

Add comment August 15th, 2006

Kerry Pendergrast Bio

spring in king's park
‘Spring in King’s Park’
Kerry Pendergrast was born and raised in Perth, Australia, where she studied Humanities at Curtin University. After graduating Kerry pursued a career in music and theatre.
While traveling to Bali she met her husband, Indonesian painter, Pronoto. In 1993 she moved to Ubud, Bali where they have two children.
It was in Ubud where she began to draw and paint models twice a week. She began to learn from her husband and other artists in the fecund community of creativity in Ubud. In 1998 she began exhibiting.
While painting Pendergrast likes the experience of sitting in front of a scene capturing the juxtapositions of light and mood.
Her medium of choice is pastels on sandpaper. Also, she enjoys painting models with watercolor.

Add comment August 14th, 2006

Meeting F. Malik

I first noticed Malik painting late at night near the top of Jalan Kajeng in 2005. Being in the business I decided to stop and look. We instantly became friends and began regular late night tea and chat sessions. Mainly, I was sitting awestruck watching the meticulous nature of his work. During that first time together I purchased a #1 print, of a night scape with lake and moon, for my friend Todd Johnston. Also, I took a print of the base of Jalan Kajeng, my favorite street in Ubud.
Malik and I have continued to drink tea and I feel fortunate to have found him!

Add comment July 14th, 2006

F. Malik Bio

Ubud Palace
‘Ubud Palace’
F. Malik

In 2000 F. Malik began painting in black pen on white canvas because he saw black and white as the fundamental color of all painting. Also, he is influenced by the Hindu Philosophy of white and black dividing the balance of good and evil. With time he introduced the colors green and brown. When asked why he added these two colors Malik explained, ”Green because it is the color of nature and has a heeling power of the soul. Brown because it is the color of many antique things”
Malik’s painting style centers around the lush scenery of Bali. He likes to paint temples, people and most notorious is his landscapes of the Balinese rice fields and coast. His paintings are extremely realistic. His technique involves meticulously placing fine ink line upon line for unbelievable realism. His style is like a Georges Seurat style pointillism but with hair like lines. Virtually, he has pioneered ‘lineillism’.
Due to the medium, Malik can not make mistakes. “Other painters can correct their mistakes. I always have to be sure because I can never erase. I have to start all over again.” Ink is not forgiving!

Since late 2005 Malik has been painting with one eye. His vision was damaged by a shuttle cock to the eye during a badmitten game. Doctors have given him a 50% chance of regaining his vision in that eye with surgery. At this point he has not decided to undergo the operation.

Add comment July 14th, 2006

Jesse Miller Biography

Many artists like to throw out the word multimedia, to describe their work. Jesse Miller by contrast, defines the term.

Jesse’s art is a combination of many medium and artistic experiences. He has worked professionally since his school days in every imaginable medium: clothing, posters, CD covers, chalk, commercial logos, murals, surfboards, wood carving and leaded glass.

Green House

These various creative journeys are the roots and inspiration for Jesse’s development as an artist. For the past ten years this creative adventure has been finding its way onto canvas.

Jesse paints meticulously spending weeks on end perfecting his bold oversized works. Most recently, his ideas have exploded off the canvas, as they sprawl effortlessly through hand carved wood and sparkling leaded glass. The creativity flows so cleanly from medium to medium that the energy continues right into the room.

When asked how he developed his unique style and personal vision of fantasy Jesse stated, I don’t like normalness.

Add comment July 13th, 2006

Neal Adams biography

Neal Adams (London, 1968)

Neal Adams showed a talent for drawing from a very young age. After passing his examinations in Art he studied painting with Professor James Turner of the (Wimbledon School of Art, London). Mr. Adams continued to paint with traditional oils and successfully sold his works at exhibitions in Piccadilly (London), Forest Gallery (Guilford) also submitting works to The Mall Galleries (London). This led to a commendation from The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Mr. Adams moved to Bali in 2001 to experiment with mediums other than oil paint and to discover the special energy that has inspired so many European artists before him. Neal Adams has made his own discovery; fusing traditional painting with gold leaf and mixed media. The gold leaf is used by the Balinese for decorating their temples and Neal has invented a way to use the gold to represent the dramatic effect of light. When observing the work from side to side the painting will show light radiating from the surface, creating a unique viewpoint from every angle.

The works between 2006 and 2007 were shown in a solo exhibition in Jakarta Indonesia sponsored by Prestige magazine. This exhibition was a sell out and led to a painting being purchased and hung in the presidential home.

Also Neal’s paintings are regularly shown by Master Piece Auction House with a 100% success and are fetching higher and higher prices.

June 15th, 2006

David Hopper Biography

David Hopper

David Hopper studied painting and drawing at the Saint Ives School of Painting, UK, and at the Central School of Art and Design, London. He studied Sculpture at Sydney University, and Pottery in Perth, Australia. He was a prize winner at the International Artists in Watercolour Competition, exhibiting at the Mall Galleries, London. He was the Artist d’honour at the Salon Exhibition at Caudobec-en-Caux, France.
David has painted all his life and has had 35 One-man exhibition in the UK, Germany, France, U.S.A, Middle-East, Australia, and in Fiji, and has partaken in some 70 group shows, including the Archibald and the Wynne Prize exhibitions in Australia.
He has lived in India for 9 years and in Australia for 11 years, and for the rest of his time in England, where he taught in school, adult education, holiday painting groups, and at Leicester University.
David retired to Bali in April, 2007, and lives in Penestanan, Ubud, where he continues to paint.

Add comment February 12th, 2006

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