Sunflower by Wayan Suastama
Sunflower by Wayan Suastama. Acrylic on canvas 2023.
In Sunflower, I was inspired by sunflowers, which always looks forward and upwards from sunrise to sunset. It is connected to the concept of my work about “Ka Ulu” which I translate as head or the beginning… Well, this is the connection I understand that social life and natural harmony should always be maintained. The order that is the beginning or Ulu which will become history. This can be understood as the ancestral and cultural order or kawitan which is still maintained to this day even when exposed to natural conditions.
Wayan Suastama is a painter born in Lalanglinggah, Tabanan, Bali, 1972. He studied fine arts at ISI Denpasar. Since 1995 he has been diligent in displaying his works in joint and solo exhibitions, both at home and abroad, such as the Bali Megarupa (2019) exhibition. In 2000, his work entered the final of the Philip Morris Art Award.
In addition to Sunflower by Wayan Suastama, you may enjoy exploring his other collections such as the Beauty of Transitions, go to link.
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.
In addition to Sunflower by Wayan Suastama you may enjoy other works by this artist, whose portfolio exudes a visual sensitivity that is rich in social observations and personal transformations.