Srihadi Soedarsono is a giant in the world of Indonesian modern painting. His technical mastery over colours, composition and form has produced a wellspring of evocative paintings, from dynamic figurations of Javanese and Balinese dancers to the awe-inspiring, vast landscapes of Java.
Srihadi Soedarsono, ‘Horizon – The Morning Spirit’, 2005
An enduring interest in his masterful paintings is, in fact, his studied observations of his lived surroundings, as with the dancers and Javanese landscapes including the ever-recurring Borobudur temple complex.
Srihadi Soedarsono, ‘Horizon – The Energy of Singapore’, 2005
The paintings, in particular those that draw inspiration from topographies, evoke awe-inspiring feelings in the realm of spirituality. This imagery is re-examined at STPI, where the artist brings along with him his distinct visual vocabulary to create works with unfamiliar techniques: that of printmaking. For Soedarsono, this process gave a fresh perspective to his practice.
“I gained value, spiritually, by this experience and I believe this also added a new colour to my art.” – Srihadi Soedarsono
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Exhibitions at STPI
The catalogue ‘Srihadi Soedarsono: Tracing Horizons’, was published on the occasion of his solo exhibition with STPI. It includes essay by Joanna Lee and interviews with the artist, Eitaro Ogawa and Richard Hungerford.
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