The art of Oerip.
Oerip is living. In Javanese language ‘oerip’ means living. I have chosen the name - Oerip because it is the name of the late grandfather and father of the group of artists. And in Indonesia a person’s name is generally not added with his / her father’s name. For example Rusmiati, it will not be added with her father’s name, and is usually explained with: ‘the daughter of Oerip’.
I was introduced to this family by Ms. Rusmiati. She manages the connection with the group in Indonesia, she is in fact the aunt of the group and so belongs to it. We would like to introduce to you this unique group of artists. We would show you how art has united people.
Our philosophy is:
Everybody can express himself, his conscience, inner feeling, and emotion, to anybody if he likes to, in a universal means or language all over the world. The language of artists is in fact a universal language. Every artist conveys his idea to you in a common way; expecting the state in which you and any spectator, or audience enjoy and admire his work to its fullest. Hoping that its beauty is as fine and enjoyable at time of presentation as when it is created.
In other words both sides, you and the artist obtain the same satisfaction. If this ecstasy is so much experienced by every spectator, this can lead to further visits to discover completely the real message that the paintings bring. We are pleased to present you fine arts of Indonesia and Netherlands
The Oerip group
In my search for more varied visual art references in Java and Bali I got acquainted with a family whose most members gave so much appreciation on art, and produced quality paintings. They were students of different levels of school, junior high, senior high, and university. In their early stage they already showed outstanding works. They experimented with styles and techniques. They painted on different materials, canvas, panels, wood-sculptures, and exchanged ideas and criticisms. More and more experiences had built them competent painters.
I noticed this conspicuous potential, and proposed collaboration presenting a concord of arts from two different cultures, two different continents. They caught this opportunity promptly, especially to thrive internationally. Hence they painted various objects, for buyers in Netherlands, and of course Indonesia. They grow exuberantly in any style they want, while keeping their originality at all time.
Something special with this group is that the five of them have no hindrance at all to interact with each other on art, while we know that art is ‘ego’, they freely cooperate about ways of reaching purposes and objectives. I would stretch and frame their works if they reached Netherlands. In general they paint in realism style, while I do it differently. I paint figurative abstract, contrary to their style to avoid boredom. Now all of them have been graduated from the universities.
Presently besides painting, some of them write songs, compose, and play music. They usually go to Erasmus House in Jakarta to get inspirations, and ideas. And further they work on it at home. All European and Netherlands art facts are available there. If they want to paint baroque age it is important that they find materials and images of that era in the library. On the other hand Indonesia has also its ‘baroque‘ age, but with different styles from the one in Europe, of course, it is known as the ‘colonial‘ age. Now the unique part, let me introduce to you these five artists coming from one same family; they are four brothers and one uncle with distinctive characteristics. The oldest is Subandrio, the uncle of the four brothers. The oldest brother is Budi Prasetyo, followed by Budi Widyanto, Budi Wijaya and the youngest Budi Wibowo. And I am the aunt, Willie Altelaar.
Language is not a problem for us, we write and talk to each other in English. Art speaks all languages. To catch their expressions is not difficult, just watch their works of art, and you will know what they tell you, you will enjoy their assertion, their taste as it is when those pieces are worked on. I often watched them paint when they were so young. I have known them for over 27 years now since their adolescence, except their uncle. Presenting art anywhere all over the world is the same, just take a piece of paper or canvas and try to paint something, one will use colors, and the other will draw realism to express struggle of psyche.
Emotion, when painting, determines whether one work will look lively or gloomy. In paintings we can see the ecstasy that the painter experienced while painting. It is always interesting to learn about art. Give to 10 artists one same object to paint, and you will get 10 different paintings. The prime obligation of an artist is to always keep distinctively original though presenting or painting one common object.
On the other hand, art is also determined by the taste of the spectators or audiences. Without them an artist will not gain success. No one can change the spectators taste, as it is strongly built by their own personality, be it nice or bad. One enjoys modern paintings, while the other enjoys Rembrandts. Every painting is unique, either painted by an amateur or by a professional. Both painters have exerted themselves and spent considerably much time to prepare it for public exposure.
Art emerges through various forms: music, ballet, song, sculpture, clay model, etc. Still one thing is common: everybody would bring himself forward as he is, in his own state and condition. This is what makes working with this group from Indonesia very unique.
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