Description: One of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists, Heri Dono was the first Indonesian to break into the global art scene in the early 1990s. The artist has held over 50 solo exhibitions and participated in multiple group exhibitions at home and internationally. Based in Yogyakarta, he is well known for presenting paintings and installations influenced by his deep knowledge of Javanese puppet theater, folklores, underlined with sociopolitical commentary. In Batavia Express, the artist captures the belching steam emanating from a traditional locomotive and using it to suggest the speed and movement of the train. Heri Dono, an artist-sculptor-installation artist, won the Prince Claus Award in 1998 and the UNESCO Prize in the Shanghai Biennale in 2000. He also took part in the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne in 2003. He famously dropped out deliberately a few months before his final examinations when studying Painting at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, in 1980. His solos since 1988 include Unknown Dimensions (Basel, Switzerland, 1991); Blooming In Arms (Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1996); Dancing Demons And Drunken Deities (Tokyo, 2000); Fortress Of The Heart (Singapore, 2001); Interrogation (Vancouver, 2002); Upside Down Mind (Washington DC, 2003); Who’s Afraid Of Donosaurus? (Galeri Nasional Indonesia, 2004); Broken Angels (Melbourne, 2006); Madman Butterfly (London, 2011); Trump And Political Islam (Hong Kong, July 2017).
Dimensions: 70cm x 95cm
Artist or Maker: HERI DONO
Medium: Acrylic and collage on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Indonesia
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