His paintings fetch hundreds of millions of rupiah, and while collectors around the world are clamouring to acquire his work, this quiet and gentle artist, unperturbed by the frenzy, focuses on his quest for spirituality and its expression through his paintings and now, through his prints.
Srihadi Soedarsono, one of South East Asia’s most highly regarded master painters, is known for his expressionistic interpretations of vast landscapes and glorious horizons. This exhibition, Tracing Horizons, features a brand new body of work, based on Soedarsono’s studied observations of the monumental Borobudur and the horizons on Java. “The works present new grounds with which to re-acquaint and re-look at Srihadi’s practice” says the exhibition curator Joanna Lee.
Soedarsono was artist in residence in September 2004 under STPI’s Visiting Artist programme (VAP). The collaboration for both STPI and the artist was an exhilarating experience. As Soedarsono himself commented - “I gained value, spiritually, by this experience and I believe this also added a new colour to my art.”