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IDA BAGUS PUTU PURWA

Born:
October 1, 1977 in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Education:
STSI, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
STSI is nowadays known as Institut Seni Indonesia – ISI (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) Denpasar

Ida Bagus Putu Purwa (also known with its shorter name Purwa) is constantly looking for freedom. Hinduism is the most important religion in the culture of Bali, which also determines social relationships, prestige and professions of the people. The artist Purwa was born in the clauset of priests. For a long time he managed to evade this duty by giving it an artistic expression. He understands like no other that birth has a very big impact on a person’s life in both privileges and possibilities.

The works of Purwa (especially paintings next to drawings) are characterized by figures in various forms that are in fact an embodiment of the artist himself. Inspired by the Balinese dance movements, these figures assume various difficult but dynamic positions and sometimes wear masks or face painting. They seem to dance, jump, collapse, fight maybe then run again to often over the edge of the canvas. The figures seem to want to break through the oppressive frames, and although they are balancing on the edge of a canyon, they do not seem to want to jump away.

Purwa is mainly inspired by his own social disability, by his attempt to evade his duty given at birth, but also by the disability of his autistic daughter. She encountered a lot of misunderstanding of her environment. Thanks to an improved situation, he can fortunately combine both his function as (ceremony) priest with that of an artist.


ARWIN HIDAYAT

Born:
April 12, 1983 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Education:
ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Institut Seni Indonesia – ISI (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) Yogyakarta

Arwin Hidayat combines primitive and contemporary motifs in his works on paper and paintings, as well as techniques and elements from Javanese folk art in his unique hand-drawn batik canvases. Although his works are mainly inspired by his own personal experiences and thoughts, they can nevertheless be seen as a subtle indictment of current social inequality, changing morals, and the influence of religion and politics on ordinary people.

Arwin Hidayat loves the batik medium. Traditional batik is often made as a utensil with decorative geometric patterns together with ornate botanical, animal motifs and imaginary figures. These images and colors originally have their own meanings and hierarchical values, so that they cannot be drawn or used just like that. The batik motifs can indicate situations (marriage, birth, death), token or wishes (fertility, love), but also status (nobility or common people). As a folk art, batik is found in many parts of Asia, whereby it has come to a high degree of sophistication, especially in Javanese culture, in its many forms and meanings.

Works by Arwin Hidayat have been selected many times for ArtJog, one of the most influential contemporary art events in Indonesia, which takes place annually in his hometown of Yogyakarta.

ARWIN HIDAYAT - PASANGAN HIDUP

2013
inkt & acrylpaint on paper
42×38 cm

ARWIN HIDAYAT - TUKANG TIPU

2015
ink, acrylpaint, aquarelle on paper
70×100 cm

IDA BAGUS PUTU PURWA - RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

2012
mixed technique on canvas
200×140 cm

IDA BAGUS PUTU PURWA - WAITING IN BLUE

2010
mixed technique on canvas
200×200 cm

IDA BAGUS PUTU PURWA - FLYING

2010
mixed technique on canvas
200×160 cm