Nunung W.S. is an abstract artist with a career spanning over half a century. Despite receiving family pressure to study religion, her passion for the arts appeared at an early stage. In particular, she was inspired by Kartika Affandi, the artist daughter of Kusuma Affandi, who served as a role model that women too could succeed in art. Under the guidance of Nashar, Nunung transitioned from the dynamic expressionism of Kartika and her father to more reflective studies, juxtaposing planes of color that are both meditative and jewel-like. She is a masterful and subtle colorist, using luminous hues to create artwork that stimulates and mirrors the subconscious’s dreams and emotions. Their beauty and power quickly earned her acclaim, as well as national and international group and solo exhibitions.
Nunung tries to re-create what she sees, experiences, lives, and feels in nature through color because colors always attract her attention. Therefore, while painting, she is not bound into shapes because it will only limit her work. Instead, she tries to go deep through total comprehension and the abstraction of forms to express her work solely by using colors she wanted freely. For Nunung, The art of abstract is a transcendent journey-a spiritual journey. Three crucial factors describe her artistic journey, which is: magic, mystical, and religion. She believes that these three factors emerge as we start to drift away from our traditional and cultural beliefs and helps us create an even stronger bond as we try to push it away or forget it. She described the balancing of life as an interpretation of ‘soulscape,’ the major theme of her painting. She takes what she sees and refracts it through contemplation and her inner spiritual lens to express life through color and shape.
Nunung has been active in the Indonesian art scene and has held exhibitions since the 1970s,in Indonesia and overseas. The education she received from her Islamic family has made her a strong woman, and her independent demeanor can be seen through her paintings. She chose to pursue abstraction because she wants to invite her observers to not only enjoy her work visually but also to understand what goes on during the process of creating her masterpieces.
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