Cremation is a piece by Gusti Putu Sana. A an artist from Pengosekan, Ubud. Gusti Putu Sana is a traditionalist with his own unique mark on his paintings. With an impressive career spanning over 40 years. A contemporary post war traditional artist that has stood the test of time. One of the true lasting survivors of his generation.
There is one particular story in the ‘Tantri’ fables, that of a frog that fell in love with a human girl. This particular story is the inspiration of his many pieces that depict frogs in many aspects of both traditional and contemporary life.
This piece reflects a theme that is well known of Sana’s extensive portfolio. Cremation reflects a thematic twist that is truly owned and extensively explored by this artist. Through his explorations of traditional fables ‘Tantri’ Gusti Putu Sana commentates on society through the depiction of frogs and other animals with human characteristics. This piece is uncommon due to the particular subject. Generally, Gusti Putu Sana depicts activities that are a little more leisurely in his rendition of frogs. The sombreness of the subject theme in contrast with the animation of the frogs is one that you will not easily find in his many frog series.