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Aan Arif
Basketball Players

Oil on Canvas
150 x 150cm


In a stunning blend of representation and painterly expression, Aan Arif captures the exhilaration and glory of a live basketball game in a critical snapshot - the moment right before a slam dunk. Communicating the triumph of a sport that is rendered invaluable due to its fleeting nature, the artist presents the athletes almost as mythical heroes, caught in the throes of their great endeavours.

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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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