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b. 1971, Indonesia

Yunizar Biography

Yunizar spent his formative years at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta - a school of national pride in the heart of progressive art-making in Indonesia. Yunizar’s training reveals itself in his sophisticated expressive style, articulated through a playful composition and subtle palette. Executed primarily in acrylic and pencil, his works stand out in terms of texture, colour, brushwork and rhythm. A restrained palette of cool colours - yellows, browns and greens- is deliberately dirtied and smudged in his working and reworking of the canvas. The result is a highly tactile work that entices the viewer to feel the piece.

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Coretan, Yunizar's solo exhibition at the National University of Singapore Museum in 2008 became the cornerstone of the artist's signature style. The repetition and technique in scribbling marks a desire for meaning to be limitless in perspective. The spontaneous lines are a reflection of the artist's inhibition with the constricting form both text and image sometimes takes. The works are composed of illegible scribbling in lines across the canvas, appearing as fragments of text that struggles to find form or intelligent representation. Working with limited colour, mostly monochromatic, his works reveal a play of lines and textures coming together to create clear rhythms and strong composition. The simplicity of visual elements within his works, according to Yunizar, is the result of a personal aesthetic judgment. He seeks beauty, especially in the trivial and in what is deemed by all else as useless and unimportant. To capture intuition and impulse, that is the great aim of the artist.

Also, there is a long history of oral traditions or Sastera Lisan within the Minangkabau culture. A need to seek narratives in its various forms has always been at the center of the pidato adat (ceremonial orations) which is at the heart of the Minangkabau culture. This is evident in the 'Coretan' series, where the method space used is crucial to narrative. The position of poetic prose within the swirl of lines overwhelming the canvas belongs to a need to release self from the outlines of what has been constructed before. There is an unwillingness to allow the silence to form markers that leave the audience with a contained reading. Instead the abstraction acts as a sensation without an end.

Yunizar Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2020Acrylic on canvas
180 x 120 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Kucing by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarKucing, 2019Cast bronze
64 x 20 x 34 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Tree by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarTree, 2019cast bronze
124 x 131 x 205 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Rooster by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarRooster, 2019Cast bronze
216 x 162 x 60 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018Acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 x 5 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Little Monster by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarLittle Monster, 2018Cast Bronze
69 x 34 x 91 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018Acrylic on Canvas
200 x 200 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery

Yunizar Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, GENSET at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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17 January–8 March 2020 Group Exhibition GENSET Gajah GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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25 January–18 February 2018 Group Exhibition LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau Gajah GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Archaeology of the Present at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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22 July–13 August 2016 Group Exhibition Archaeology of the Present Gajah GallerySingapore

Yunizar Represented By

Gajah Gallery contemporary art gallery in Singapore Gajah Gallery Singapore, Yogyakarta

Yunizar In Ocula Magazine

Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market By Sam Gaskin, Jakarta

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab Ocula Insight James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab By Elliat Albrecht

Initiated by Singapore-based Gajah Gallery in 2012, Yogyakarta Art Lab (YAL) is a foundry and production house located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With a small staff expertly trained in a variety of metal production techniques, the lab's purpose is to engage international artists to experiment with new mediums in order to expand their practices....

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Jasdeep Sandhu Ocula Conversation Jasdeep Sandhu

The new exhibition space holds exciting potential for us, and the location invites a unique juxtaposition of atmospheres rarely seen in Singapore.

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Yunizar In Related Press

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GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Related Press GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION 24 November 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

One of Singapore’s oldest, continuously running private galleries, Gajah Gallery, marks its 20th anniversary this year. Gallery owner and director Singaporean Jasdeep Sandhu has for two decades been highlighting artists from throughout Southeast Asia and launching the careers of some of the region’s most celebrated talents. The...

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Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art Related Press Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art 16 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Held at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, the inaugural edition of Art Stage Jakarta featured 33 international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States, and 16 local galleries. In addition there were a number of supported events, such as talk shows, seven private VIP tours of collector’s homes, public artworks and two...

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Gajah Gallery marks 20th year in new space Related Press Gajah Gallery marks 20th year in new space 26 February 2016, The Straits Times

At a time when art galleries are downsizing or shutting down, Singapore's Gajah Gallery is marking its 20th anniversary in a new space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. The 6,000 sq ft gallery at [email protected], with its 5.5m-high ceiling, allows it to display large sculptures, installations and paintings. The space is more than twice that...

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Ocula Q&A: Jasdeep Sandhu, founder of Gajah Gallery, Singapore Related Press Ocula Q&A: Jasdeep Sandhu, founder of Gajah Gallery, Singapore 29 August 2015, Ocula

In 1996, Jasdeep Sandhu established Gajah Gallery in Singapore with the purpose of promoting Southeast Asian Contemporary Art with an emphasis on Indonesian contemporary art. Now twenty years on the gallery is about to expand into a 6,000 square foot space in Tanjong Pagar Distripark in Singapore, and also recently opened a second exhibition...

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