Faithful Friends by Wayan Suastama. Original artwork acrylic on canvas, 2019.
Faithful Friends is part of the ‘Beauty of Transitions’ series by Wayan Suastama. First of all, the Beauty of Transitions series explores Wayan Suastamas works as they go through cycles of changing aesthetics and different stylistic explorations. In particular, this collection looks at eight particular works painted within a short window of time between two established visual styles by the artist. With this in mind, you can say these are interim pieces between his long-standing and dominant cubist aesthetics (evident in the Farmer Series) and the illustrative symbolism of his most recent works.
Faithful Friends, and the Beauty of Transitions Series
“When we look at these pieces, they are dominated by bold lines. Expressive and unruly. With harsh contrasting inverted colours. They are repetitive, defining the figures within the compositions. As if to reassure that these figures are truly present within his painting. The edges have a roughness that echoes early German expressionism that exudes the same sense of emotional intensity. The emotional energy of angst and perhaps subconscious protest.”
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About the Artist
Suastamas’ works often feature female figures. A wide range of colours and textures, as a symbol of the regenerative and creative force. His new series which includes ‘Whispers to the Clouds,’ (Bisikan Pada Awan) explores in detail the philosophical theme of ‘upstream and downstream’ (Hulu Teben) in our relationship to the balance in Nature and is exhibited in World Without Sound 2023 Sawidji Gallery.
Explore the collections of this artist, whose portfolio exudes a visual sensitivity that is rich in social observations and personal transformations.