Discovering an artistic exploration of Srihadi Soedarsono in the heart
of Indonesian arts.
Despite he has turning 84 years old, the man knows thoroughly every single scratch he has made on his works. He still has great memories while telling the story about the moments happened either before or after the Independence Day. Those times when he was dealing with the heartless colonialists and broadening his knowledge on arts he loves as well. He is Srihadi Soedarsono, the national public figure of arts who is also well-known as a living legend. The maestro who devotedly teaches the arts he loves to the young generations although he is in his 80s. This year, in 2016, Srihadi wants to make retrospection on himself, bringing his newest oeuvres and the countless sketches he has made since seven decades ago to mind. And finally, a majestic exhibition was held and lasted to February 24th 2016 in the main building of National Gallery of Indonesia.
Along with his spouse, Farida Srihadi, who has been by his side for more than 50 years, and the support he got from curator Rikrik Kusmara, Srihadi staged more than 400 of his sketches and watercolor arts, also seven panels of masterpieces with oil paints as their medium under the theme “70 Tahun Rentang Kembara Roso”. The gallery’s visitors were brought into time frames when Srihadi was still trying on various styles of paintings. For instance, his realist work made in the era when he was working as a journalist during the days before the Independence Day, then he stepped into cubism genre, and continued to abstract expressionism thick with American nuances as when he was studying in Ohio State University. Returning to Indonesia, Srihadi did not stop developing his potencies. He often traveled to The Island of Gods, Bali, simply to paint landscapes and the Bali dancers. Until finally he found roso, a feeling that united him with the spectators’ emotion and his own emotion with The Lord through his figurative paintings. Now his paintings belong to the collection of prestigious oeuvres, such as his paintings in themes of Horizon, Candi Borobudur, and Penari Bedaya Ketawang as well, which also displayed last February.