Song of Peace, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas, 150 x 200 cm
USD 5,500 – 7,800
About the artwork
This painting by Indonesian artist Vani features the musician John Lennon fervently singing and playing a piano, while a myriad of birds surround him and soar above him. The work’s title is a nod to Lennon’s iconic song and ode to harmony, ‘Imagine’. Like the doves that are a traditional symbol of peace, in his own right, Lennon has become a symbol of peace as well. While most of the work is rendered monochromatically, the birds are depicted in a myriad of colours, creating an explosion of vibrancy that is reflective of Lennon’s music, which has helped spread a message of love and has brought people of all backgrounds together.
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.