News : Art Talk 2018 UOB Painting of the Year: Natura Hominis

For its 8th organization, UOB Painting of the year 2018 showcased 8 winners’ artworks and 42 best-selected artworks from UOB Painting of the year 2018 competition in Galeri Nasional Indonesia. Under the theme “Natura Hominis”, this exhibition was opened officially by the Director General of Culture Hilmar Farid on Thursday evening (8/11/18).

Mentioned by Agung Hujatnikajennong, the criteria of a painting are very open so that everyone could join the competition. This exhibition, therefore, attempts to present artworks from the UOB POY 2018 competition as an integrity. “In the finalists’ artworks, we can easily find the artists’ willingness to tell a story through their images or expressions clearly. It is demonstrated in most artworks which have figurative or representational styles in this exhibition,” he said.

Suvi Wahyudianto’s work, for instance, entitledAngs’t managed to win over works by other artists from Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. His artwork’s color and texture expressed his bitter experience when the ethnic conflict erupted in Sampit, Madura in 2000-2001. The event clung strongly in his memory. He poured his pain on the painting because his family and surroundings became the victims of violence and bloodshed at that time. Through the artworks made of plastic materials arranged like a flesh, Suvi did not only imply a physical violence but also the value of human dignity. “If comprehended deeper, human nature is the same, even with different races, different religions, and different skin colors; the human is the same in God’s eye,’ explained him.

Overall, “Natura Hominis” exhibition showcased the strength of Indonesian artists, especially in Southeast Asia. “I am not surprised to hear the news because our artists’ qualities, experiences, and ideas are tremendous. Congratulations to the artists who have made Indonesia famous in the international art world,” said Hilmar.

“Natura Hominis” is on display until 19 November 2018 at A Building, Galeri Nasional Indonesia. Visitors can access this exhibition free admission from 10 am to 7 pm.