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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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Landscape by Yunizar contemporary artwork painting
YunizarLandscape, 2021Acrylic on canvas
230 x 160 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Kucing Merah by Yunizar contemporary artwork painting
YunizarKucing Merah, 2019Acrylic on canvas
200 x 240 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Kucing (in White) by Yunizar contemporary artwork sculpture
YunizarKucing (in White), 2019Cast bronze
64 x 20 x 34 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Benda-Benda by Yunizar contemporary artwork painting
YunizarBenda-Benda, 2020Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Gajah Gallery Contact Gallery
Hutan Sumatra II by Yunizar contemporary artwork painting
YunizarHutan Sumatra II, 2019Acrylic on canvas
200 x 240 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Macan Di Hutan Anggrek(Tiger in the Orchid Forest) by Yunizar contemporary artwork painting
YunizarMacan Di Hutan Anggrek (Tiger in the Orchid Forest), 2020Acrylic on canvas
200 x 270 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Singha Jantan (Male Lion) by Yunizar contemporary artwork sculpture
YunizarSingha Jantan (Male Lion), 2014Cast bronze
66 x 44 x 118 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Horse by Yunizar contemporary artwork sculpture
YunizarHorse, 2015Cast bronze
153 x 144 x 15 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Yunizar Recent Exhibitions

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Yunizar Represented By

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

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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 Artspace@Helutrans, 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 o

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