Indonesian artist, Putu Sutawijaya is showcasing his solo exhibition entitled – The Dance of Remembering at Sin Sin Fine Art from now till 31 October. Putu’s works depict dance like movements with brush strokes that literally dance on his canvases. For him, the act of dancing and painting are one: it is the act of living, of remembering who we were, who we are, who we are becoming.
Putu is drawn to sacred sites and often travels to the ancient temples scattered around Java and Bali to paint. His paintings are a biographical record of his memory that are rich with both personal and cultural symbols. Putu is able to express an intense spectrum of spiritual and emotional states, from contemplation to sorrow to the pure exuberance of dance in his painting.
About the Artist
Putu Sutawijaya studied art at Indonesia Institute of Fine Art (ISI) Yogyakarta. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta and Bali. As a painter, sculptor and performance artist, Putu embodies the multi-media, cross-disciplinary character of Indonesian contemporary art. His work mainly focuses on the human body as both an expressive form and a vessel of the spirit: as Putu says, ‘the body is the medium of suffering, pain, laughter and fear.’ Quote Indonesian art critic Kris Budiman – it is almost as though the figures in his paintings have ‘crossed over into three-dimensional space… to look for meaning in different contexts.’
- Date: now till 31 October 2014
- Venue: Sin Sin Fine Art, 53-54 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong