Unity #23 - Albert Einstein , 2020
Acrylic on Canvas, 160 x 120 cm
USD 4,800 – 6,800
About the artwork
This painting by Vani depicts a myriad of colourful miniature figures building a bust of Albert Einstein, the German-born theoretical physicist who significantly developed the theory of relatively, one of the two pillars of modern physics. With his incredible research and published work, Einstein is commonly seen as a symbol of human progress in the scientific realm. While the figures building his bust wear different coloured attire, Vani demonstrates their ability to work harmoniously towards a shared goal, demonstrating how putting aside our different socio political backgrounds and attributes will enable us to similarly achieve further progress in the world.
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.