The Jakarta Post
A work by I Nyoman Sujana titled "Tumbuh dari batu" (Grow from stones), painted on mixed media and canvas. (Komaneka Fine Art Gallery /-)
Several paintings by I Nyoman Sujana, better known as Kenyem, are set to be exhibited at the Komaneka Fine Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali, between Aug. 6 and Sept. 6.
Born in Sayan, Ubud in 1972, Kenyem is one of the area’s local artists who broke free from the constraints of the local painting traditions. He first learned the repetitive patterns imposed in Penestanan, but later, after attending the Indonesian Art High School in Ubud and the Indonesian Art Institute in Denpasar, his work became more abstract, developing a discourse about the place of humans that begins in nature.
(Read also: Exploring Ubud's nature-rich countryside)
Kenyem works in a meticulous manner, with a lot of details and often employs calligraphy. His personal signature is the small figures who appear to be dancing as well as the careful shadowing, which gives his paintings a floating feeling. In addition to solo exhibitions in Bali, Jakarta, Malaysia, Singapore and Sweden, he has also participated in international group exhibitions in countries including Malaysia, Myanmar, Korea and China.
The exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions dubbed Coming Home, which will showcase the work of local artists who first joined the Indonesian contemporary art world in the 1990s and have since gone on to gain international recognition. (tif/kes)
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