Published art stories

I write most of the art stories for FRV Travel magazine

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    His sensual oil paintings celebrate the tropics with distorted human figures, flora and fauna, set within vividly coloured landscapes inspired by his life in Bali. His decorative style could be described as abstract but his departure from realism is only partial. His work clearly depicts tumbling rice terraces, fairytale mountains, tigers, monkeys, snakes and water buffalo, as well as jungle vegetation with fleshy spiky leaves, palm trees, flowering brugmansia and heliconia, seed pods, watermelons, bananas, mangoes and other fruits galore. Yet he dares to take liberties, conspicuously and deliberately altering colour and form vis-a-vis reality. His male figures are the men who work the paddy fields or squat with their prize roosters, sarong clad and bulbously muscular with swollen exaggerated curves to their limbs. Likewise, the women are voluptuous and rotund, sometimes appearing naked and obese, other times clothed and tubular, their spherical breasts mirroring the form of the oranges that they carry in baskets upon their heads or sell in the markets.

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    His sense of composition is imbued with rhythm, expression, ethereal qualities and a sense of inner life, while his technique is full of bravura, without a hint of self-consciousness. The shifting moods of the sea, the rain, the wind, and the clouds when the sun is low in the sky show the fleeting moments of the changes of light. Wiranata’s genius is in his ability to master this light to expose depth, form and atmosphere. Coolness is emphasised with shades of blue and purple in the shadows, while the sun-filled passages are warmed with tones of orange and yellow, generating a complementary effect that perfectly encapsulates the time of day.

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    You can see the wind in Kenyem’s leafscapes… As you regard the recurring billowing figures being propelled along with a million leaves though a blustery sky, it is possible that you too, might be blown away by this exceptional young artist’s celebration of nature and life. Watch a jubilee of freshly cut bamboo being swept away in a flood, and you will feel the rhythmic movement and vibration of the water below. Follow the beam of the full moon into a jungle of frangipani flowers, and the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up on end.


    He creates emotions not just in the response to his work but also on canvas. His paintings are bold, frank and dramatic, exploding with energy. His subject may only be a face, but the look is no less enigmatic. Faces change fortunes, they are the first we see of each other and they come before everything else. Masculine faces with outsized eyes and magnified mouths are full of unspoken emotion. In varying tones of just one colour, each painting touches on so much that is crucial – feelings, eye contact and conscience; each quirky face is surreal and psychological, caricatured and distorted, capturing the power and mystery of the human countenance.


    His trademark brush strokes are sweeping and fluid, spontaneous rather than predictable, irregular rather than regular, invoking a sense of vitality. His loose style communicates the power, strength and timeless beauty of his subjects, while also suggesting the freedom of movement. Ravishing colours and sensual lines are saturated with sinuous gestures, capturing the essence of form. His paintings soar with harmonious rhythm, conveying a powerful sense of emotion, while also evoking a profound and personal sense of the knowing, a purity of vision, and an enlightened level of spirituality.”

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    Wianta, both as an artist and a man, draws one into his maelstrom of vitality, but in no way does he lack focus. His enthusiasm is apparent in the materials he uses – his poems are scribbled on theatre tickets, food packets, pages from books, bits of newspaper, parking tickets, and anything else that happens to be close at hand at the moment of inspiration. In fact much of his artwork has a similar touch of inspired and irrational madness, combined with aesthetically sophisticated symbolism. A recent series, for example, showcased a mixed media of razor blades, shards of glass, kris daggers, and needles, in the artist’s attempt to pierce a hole through the illusions of a hypocritical society.

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Hi Rachel,

Thanks so much for your wonderful and personal article "SEEKING
ALHAMBRA...IN MALTA". I spotted it in the Travel Tales section of the
Bali Advertiser. Lucky me! I clipped the article, and have enjoyed rereading...