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Anton Kustia Widjaja

Anton Kustia Widjaja
Anton Kustia Widjaja (anton Hwang) (1935-1984; Bandung, West Java), better known as Anton H, studied under artists Kartono Yudokusumo (1924-1957) and Barli Sasmitawinata (born in 1921) in Bandung, West Java. In 1969 he moved to Bali where he developed strong contacts with Western artists on the island. Anton’s decorative works are rich in color and design. His figures of Balinese dancers in particular are stylized into patters which emphasize their dynamic movements. Exhibitions: Lyngby Kunstforening (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1975), Holstebro Kunstmuseum (Denmark, 1975), Gallerie im Western (Stuttgart, Germany, 1977), Galerie Inart (Amsterdam, Holland, 1977), Eas-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii, 1988), Festival of Indonesia (U.S.A., 1990-1992), Singapore Art Museum (1994), Centre For Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Three Masked Dancers
  Artist : Anton Kustia Widjaja
  Media : Oil and gold leaf on canvas
  Size : 98 x 98 cm
  Year : 1981
Each tape (mask) in this imaginative work has a different expression. One is sweet and gentle, another brave and noble, while the third is emotional and demonic. They correspond to the three major types of characters in in Balinese topeng (masked dance) teathre. the gestures of the hands and arms nearly disappear amidst the swirls of colorful garments with rich designs. The rhythmic liveliness takes this painting beyond its purely decorative quality.