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HISTORY IMITATING ART, IMITATING LIFE

THE ART OF BRAMANTYO

Rob Goodfellow

BRAMANTYO, The Temptation of Petruk, 1997, oil on canvas, 145 x 45 cm. Photograph Janice Gabriel.

Dr M. Dwi Marianto, in his doctoral thesis 'Surrealist Painting in Yogyakarta',1 argues that modern Yogyakartan life with its many conflicting features is reflected in Yogyakartan surrealist painting. Here disparate ideas or images are juxtaposed to create absurdities and incongruities. Images appear in a dreamlike state. They are seemingly illogical and irrational. Indeed, many elements within the canvas are placed nonlinearly to give theā€¦

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