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Lot 33: JEIHAN SUKMANTORO (B. Indonesia, 1938) Miryam, 1997
23 October 2016
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLive Auction
Description: JEIHAN SUKMANTORO (B. Indonesia, 1938) Miryam, 1997 Signed and dated “Jeihan ‘97” on upper left Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm
Condition Report: Signed and dated “Jeihan ‘97” on upper left Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Notes: Women are enigmatic, incomparable and made to be revered, although unfathomable, according to the artist. Perhaps that is why the artist chooses to paint his subject’s eyes black, to signify the depth of mystery that surrounds a woman despite being unsettling at first. Dramatic and striking, there are many theories that surround the technique of painting black on the eyes of his subjects, and one of the few that were procured was that Sukmantoro was notorious for his non-conformist views when it came to painting the eyes, and the other being that he preferred his subjects to look out-of-this-world. “We are all walking in the darkness of mystery, we still don’t know where we’ll go,” added the artist. Flat (like the wayang kulit he was inspired by when he was younger), minimalistic and set against a huge amount of space, they signify the physical and non-reality of things. Formerly a student in ITB, Indonesia, he never completed his studies due to his rebellious nature. When he was about 5 years old, he had an accident that left him with a brain injury. He was believed to be dead, but he awakened before he was buried. This experience was believed to play a significant role in his paintings.
Provenance: Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Dimensions: 70 X 70 cm
Artist or Maker: JEIHAN SUKMANTORO
Medium: Oil on canvas