Oil on canvas landscape of a traditional scene of tropical Southeast Asia, figures wearing conical hats working in a manicured, lush, green rice paddy, 20" by 23 1/2" (25" by 28 1/2" as framed), signed at lower left in orange by the noted contemporary Indonesian painter SRI MARTHA (also spelled sometimes as one word, "SRIMARTHA"). This is a fine, carefully executed work, with an amazing amount of craftsmanship evident in the distinctive, three dimensional stipple technique employed by the artist(see close up images). Sri Martha was born in 1941 in Solo on the island of Java. By an early age he had already had art instruction in a school, and subsequently he received some training from an uncle, but ultimately he was self-taught. By 1983 he had moved to the world-famous, lush tropical island of Bali, where no doubt many tourists were exposed to his work. In 2000 the artist moved back to Java, where he continues to paint the colorful tropical landscapes interspersed with traditional figures. A website shows other examples of his works, some of which are quite large. The rich emerald green of the paddies in this example faithfully reproduces the indescribable greens of this well-watered part of the world. The painting is in excellent condition and is ready for display in an Asian-inspired setting.
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