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Huang Fong’s paintings take us to Balinese life that is quiet and peaceful.
Huang Fong was born in Banyuwangi, East Java, on April 14, 1936. He was
never formally educated in the arts. He just learned painting techniques from
some painters directly. During his career he has held many exhibitions
in Indonesia and abroad.
In celebrating his birthday in 2013, Huang Fong held a solo exhibition at the National Gallery, Jakarta, titled “Pikiran, Tubuh dan Jiwa: 77 Tahun Huiang Fong” (Mind, Body and Spirit: Huang Fong in 77 years old). As many as 77 of his works were presented here and they were all about Bali.
His first visit to Bali was in 1963. Then, in 1967 he stayed in the Island of Gods for good. Huang Fong says, he loves Bali because Balinese people live in peace and harmony, and are rich in cultural and artistic heritage.
He considers himself lucky because he met some great artists in Bali such as Ida Bagus Made Poleng, Anton Huang, Abdul Azis and Tedja Suminar. He also has a close relationship with Affandi and Hendra Gunawan. “I have learned from both of them about how to be focus in working,” he said to art critic Agus Dermawan.
In his paintings, Bali is presented as peaceful, quiet and natural, far from modern life and social, economy and political problems. Agus Dermawan said that Huang Fong paintings were like “Mooi Indie” arts that only showed the beauty of Indonesian land in the Dutch colonial era. Huang Fong didn’t reject this comment, but he said that his paintings are also social commentaries.
Beside the theme on Bali, Huang Fong is consistent in the use of watercolor on canvas. This is an identity of Huang Fong since he worked as artist professionally. Huang Fong has a perfect technique to use watercolor on canvas.
“I did trials and errors with this medium and materials,” he said. The result is so amazing. His paintings with watercolor on canvas are as perfect as paintings of watercolor on paper or oil on canvas.
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