The Times They are a-Changin' #6 Kurt Cobain, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas, 130 x 100 cm
USD 3,800 – 5,500
About the artwork
Using his distinctive and realist style, Indonesian artist Vani addresses a myriad of social and environmental themes in his work. In the series, The Times They Are a Changin’, Vani depicts notable musicians in order to express the ability of music to unite individuals, especially in times of social discontent. In this work, a number of miniature figures present a vibrant contrast to the painting’s monochromatic elements, as they work to build a statue of Kurt Cobain. Despite their different colours, the figures are all working towards a single goal, and supporting each other through the process. Additionally, the figure they are depicting, Kurt Cobain, was an outspoken advocate of equality. Thus Vani uses his multilayered work to express how music can bring people together despite differences, and can spread the ever-important message of unity.
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.