An almost whimsical, free-flowing style to his paintings bespeak of his development as an artist; alternating between periods as a sculptor, cartoonist and animator. In fact, Gun-gun's bold strokes play optical tricks in the eye of the beholder, suggesting direction and movement with broad strokes that suddenly end, requiring the viewer to "fill in the visual blanks". His mastery of this distinctive technique is such that truly "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.
"The Dance of Colours" - a Painting Exhibition by Gun-gun continues at the Gianyar Room of The Grand Hyatt Bali through August 26, 2001.
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