Acrylic on Canvas, 145 x 145 cm
About the artwork
(A) Sony Irawan’s works are greatly influenced by his interest in rock music; reflecting the spirit and energy of this genre of music in his paintings. Irawan makes use of oil bars to draw his distinct lines due to the effect of roughness and boldness that it produces, being similar to the sound created by a guitar, the instrument he plays in his band. His paintings are full of random strokes, sketchy figures and cut out pieces, making his paintings seem as though many things are going on simultaneously, once again similar to how many instruments play together to create a harmony in a band. The subjects in his paintings are however inspired from his own personal life, family members and his surroundings. Irawan aims to capture the spirit of human survival in everyday life- the numerous interactions made on a daily basis, intertwined relationships and complexities of life.
About the artist
Soni Irawan was born on 15 January 1975 in Yogyakarta. He studied in the Visual Art Faculty (Fine Arts Department), majoring in Printmaking in the Indonesian Art Institute situated in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. A musician and one of the founders of a Jogjakarta experimental band Seek Six Sick, Soni's art is greatly influenced by the spirit and energy of rock music. His canvases are filled with spontaneous strokes, sketchy figures and cut out pieces, with the medium of oil bars chosen for their characteristic feel of roughness and boldness. His subject matter, however, tends to be largely personal topics that revolve around his family, environment and his underlying interest in capturing the spirit of human survival in everyday life.Go to Sony Irawan's profile ›