Vani Hidayatur Rahman

Change the world #10 - Homage to Joseph Swan & Thomas Alva Edison, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas, 130 x 160 cm

USD 3,500 – 5,000


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About the artwork

Joseph Swan & Thomas Alva Edison, are both figures who had contributed to the changing world, through the invention of incandescent light bulbs - an invention that is very important and has a tremendous impact that is felt even in today’s world. Regardless of the controversy sparked by a copyright claim on who actually invented the first incandescent light bulb, this work is the artist’s perception of Joseph Swan & Thomas Alva Edison. With their intellect and intelligence, they were inventors who shared the same important ideals and values, both wanting to contribute to the world with their ideas. After many failures and struggles, they surely did impact the world with their inventions.

About the artist

Born in 1981 in Semarang, Indonesia, artist Vani Hidayatur Rahman is currently based in Jogjakarta. He has shown his works in various group exhibitions including ArtJog 2013: Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta; Return to Home, International Union of Unified Ummah Cartoon Contest, Iran (2012); Manifesto, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2010). Vani has received a number of art awards including the Best Painting accolade at the 2012 Jakarta Art Awards and was a finalist at the 2008 Jakarta Art Awards.

Vani Hidayatur Rahman has made a name for himself with his distinctive and realistic style. With his highly complex paintings that are adorned with detailed embellishments, Vani imbues a strong concept and story into each piece and addresses pertinent political, social and environmental issues that span war to pollution. In his artwork entitled "Unity," Vani depicts a large ark - a motif that has been reiterated by other Indonesian painters such as Widayat and Amrus Natalya. However, Vani presents his own interpretation of the timber vessel by painting it in an unfinished stage of construction and glory - a group of workers on deck are still sawing, carrying wooden beams and measuring for dimensions. The flurry of activity is painted from a birds-eye view and aerial perspective, with the entire structure and frame visible - allowing the viewer to feel as if he or she is an omniscient being looking down from above. 

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