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Aan Arif
Pippa Middleton - Smiling

Mixed Medium on Canvas
170 x 145cm


Often rendering portraits of prominent icons, Aan Arif aims to capture the ephemeral nature of fame, popularity and status. Each subject is chosen after much deliberation. In this piece, the artist highlights the smile of Pippa Middleton - a fleeting gesture. He paints with fluid motion, mimicking not only the flurry of whirlwind fame that the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge experiences, but also the fervour of passing time.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born on 21 April 1973, Aan Arif studied at the Senior High School of Fine Arts in Yogyakarta and the Indonesian Institute of Art Yogyakarta. He uses a technique that involves wiping brushstrokes on textured surfaces to produce slick effects and motion blurs, combining realism and expressionism. Choosing to paint prominent figures like Marilyn Monroe, Pippa Middleton and Sukarno as subjects, he addresses how these individuals are caught between private and public space - the complicated relationship that underpins individual lives and a public image or facade. He tries to uncover whether the truth is really as popular media presents it.  Read More

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