Harmony Inside

A Solo exhibition by I Made Wiradana, “Harmony Inside” November 20 – December 18, 2014 at Ganesha Gallery – Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran
Fond of flora and fauna, it is not surprising then that I Made Wiradana loves to paint the visuals of plants and animals on canvas. With a character full of humor, the involvement of animals and plants on his canvas is always done with a joyful degree of playfulness. To this admix, Wiradana applies many themes, idioms and symbolism to his art.

A former chairman of the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI), from 2000-2002, he has held successful solo exhibitions in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Bali and, in foreign locales such as and India. His first solo exhibition in November 1999, titled “Imajinasi Purba” (Ancient Imagination) was held at PurnaBudaya Yogyakarta and is still remembered to this day for its groundbreaking approach to art.

That attracted the famously discerning attention of the media and art lovers in Yogyakarta and Magelang and surrounding regions.Wiradana’s style of painting is unique. He transforms and deforms objects, rendering them into their primeval essence. For Wiradana, the past is inextricably intertwined with our subconscious.

The past will always continue to influence every aspect of human culture, either in the sciences, personal beliefs, religion, or aesthetics. To his point of view, the pre-history has the power of the Niskala (unseen) and possesses its own certain beauty.Wiradana is very firm in imbuing his work with the spirit of “ngayah” – creating sincerely without asking or expecting for anything in return, an attitude embraced by many traditional painters in Bali.

Wiradana also incorporates other elements of Balinese tradition to his canvasses through the harmonization of the contrasting colors encountered in Bali. One example is the colors of the offering flowers in contrast with the colors on the ider-ider (decorative cloth) and Kober (flags) – each in its own way showcasing the identity of Bali.

Wiradana’s creative process and many years in explorating technique have influenced his decision to use a post-modern approach as a means to reveal his aesthetic style. His works explore everyday life, issues of peace and harmony with nature, which are highly contextual and relevant to contemporary life. In his solo exhibition at Ganesha Gallery in 2014, he adopts the theme of “Harmony Inside.”

The spiritual breath nourishes harmony for Wiradana as a Balinese artist, so that his creative expression is very closely related to nature and philosophy of the Hindu religion. The essence of the Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana emphasizes the harmonious relationship between man and his God, humans and the natural world, and human beings with each other.

“Harmony Inside”
Painting by I Made Wiradana
Ganesha Gallery – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Open Daily : November 20 – December 18, 2014

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