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Hendra Gunawan

Hendra Gunawan
Hendra Gunawan (1918-1983; Bandung, West Java) studied from Indonesia artists Wahdi Sumanta (1917-1996) and Affandi (1907-1990). In 1935 he became one of the Kelompok Lima (Group of Five) artists in Bandung, West Java, where he also set up the Pusaka Sundan (Sundanese Heritage) organization. Hendra was a member of the Sanggar Pelukis Rakyat (People’s Artists’ Studio) in Yogyakarta, Central Java. This eventually led to his involvement in the communist sponsored Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat (Lekra, People’s Culture Association), and he was imprisoned in the aftermath of the abortive Indonesian communist coup in 1965. Hendra later was released in 1978. His works are vigorous portrayals of the lives of villagers and common people in bright colors. Exhibitions: Festival of Indonesia (U.S.A., 1990-1992), Gate Foundation (Amsterdam, Holland, 1993), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996), ASEAN Masterworks (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1997-1998).
  Title : Going To The Market
  Artist : Hendra Gunawan
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 135 x 240 cm
  Year : 1981
Villagers wind their way down from the mountains to a distant market under a tree. Their toes are spread wide apart, showing that they walk a lot. A man holds a fighting rooster in a hand-held basket, while a woman carries a basketful of chickens for sale on her head. In Bali, women usually carry things on their heads, even a small table full of snacks and drinks to sell. Along the path women rest and nurse a baby . All the figures have unusual skin colors and bright clothing, adding to this bold and graphic scene of typical village life in Bali.