Signed at lower right "PURWADI" and dated just above it 1998, this is a 17" by 14 1/4" work on heavy paper or paper laid on heavy paper, unframed, the subject two Asian women identically dressed, viewed from behind, carrying a heavy load on their heads. This Indonesian contemporary work is by the young, new generation artist DIYANO PURWADI (1971-). Purwadi was born in East Java and schooled there in art. By 1993 he was in Bali, where he now works from the art center town, Ubud. The artist's works have appeared regularly at exhibitions throughout the country. Purwadi's work derives its substance, as the artist's own website says, from social, political and cultural trends he observes. Works are offered at auction in Indonesia. When I first saw this work I thought it had been defaced by a mischievous child with a pencil, writing at lower right above the signature, and other penciled words on the figures; but when I looked more closely at his online works, I realized that he seems to frequently write words in his paintings, in this manner. So it certainly appears to me as if this is the style of the artist. .
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