Holiday II by Wayan Suastama. Original artwork acrylic on canvas, 2010.
Holiday II by Wayan Suastama is part of the ‘Beyond a Holiday’ series by Wayan Suastama. Beyond a Holiday, explores a selection of works by artist Wayan Suastama that explores the same theme during contrasting social conditions
Wayan Suastama explored the theme of leisure and holidays during two different periods in his life. Exploring these themes was not something that he deliberated on. These were subjects and themes that naturally occurred,.. coincidentally at two very different phases of his career and in very different social and economic conditions.
Visual Records of Changing Times
These paintings from the first collection are mainly from 2010. Employing a visual aesthetic that speaks the same language. In line, contour and compositional balance, the calm illustrative polish emits a calming, idyllic atmosphere. We get drawn into a literal narrative that brings to mind a storybook. The artist reveals a world that is balanced, with little disruptions, despite the different emotional scenarios occurring within each painting. The marks of traditional Balinese aesthetic, its linearity, use of pattern and repetition create a nostalgic postcard picture of life on the holiday island of Bali.
About the artist Wayan Suastama.
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 Wayan Suastama, whose portfolio exudes a visual sensitivity that is rich in social observations and personal transformations.