His almost whimsical, free-flowing style, reflect an eclectic approach to art as well as Gun Gun's development as an artist; alternating between periods as a sculptor, cartoonist and animator. Working in bold strokes that play optical tricks in the eye of the beholder, Ubud-based artists Gun Gun's work only suggests direction and movement via broad strokes that abruptly end, requiring the viewer's mind's eye to "fill in the visual blanks."
Gun Gun's mastery of this distinctive technique is such that his paintings epitomize the axiom "less is more."
Born in the artist's community of Nyuh Kuning, near Ubud, Gun-gun followed the trade of young men from his village, dedicating himself to woodcarving. An avid cartoonist, who regularly submitted his humorous caricatures to local publications, he quickly gathered awards for his work as he completed a course of study at Bali's School of Fine Arts (STSI).
A scholarship to study character design and animation in Japan with Ever Green Film Company in Tokyo came Gun Gun's way in 1990. There, he further developed his skills to the point that his drawing now travel the world immortalized as a series of Indonesian postage stamps.
Symphony of Colors
During a solo-exhibition at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa running from February 8 – March 15, 2005, more 30 works by Gun Gun will be exhibited in an exhibition dubbed "Symphony of Color."
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