“Head to Head Paradox”

“Head to head paradox”, Oil on Canvas, 100cm X 150cm.
In banjarmasin, I found out that: Living is so much boring when everything is so predictable! Get the paradox! Be unpredicttable… as paintings always does! Greetings from my beautiful Banjarmasin!

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“My Colorful Nephew”

"My Colorful Nephew" (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 112cm X 145cm.

“My Colorful Nephew” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 112cm X 145cm.

SELF REVIEW

I began to draw comics, sketches, superheroes cartoons, and caricatures in 1980’s. Then, painting on canvas in 1990’s as a hobby. In 2000’s I became a pro, I made paintings for living. My first and the most important painting teacher is my mother, Liane Lampe Widagdo, and then Pak Wahyu and my SMP school teacher, Pak Norman.

In my early years, I made realistic paintings but lately, I prefer abstracts. The only reason is because abstracts paintings has more words, far beyond imagination, can say many things that words & mouth cannot.

As a universal language, I believe paintings has a very important role.

Paintings as a universal language

has sharper words

cuts deeper than the sharpest swords

Talks louder, means deeper,

reaches wider, echoes longer

for a polite & peaceful protesting

entertaining and also misleading

from Ungaran, Indonesia, I shout

with a mouth with no proud

stop bombing with explosives,

stop shooting and taking lives

so let’s just take your canvas

close your ears, move your brush

Here comes the painting volcanoes

angry with the dark skies

Don’t wait for another woes

burry down all those lies

because lines never really straight

as your eye sight

and colors always teasing minds

even for the blinds

(Moses Foresto, September 2010)

I believe that every painter, and every artist as well, must be budened by a big responsibility to express social conditions or cultural disease with a beautiful prophetic words of line and colors. We also have to express the beauty of nature and reminds everyone’s responsibility to keep our nature beautiful forever.

If we do not, that will be embarrassing. We’d better hide, put our face behind a wooden mask!

In every painting that I created, I always try hard to express the spirit as the main driving motivation to be projected on canvas. As a quote says:

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” – Leonardo da Vinci

It is why that every single painting creation needs full concentration, sacfifice and pure mind. Without those condition, I believe, the artwork is useless. Without full concentration, the resuls will be just a dirty crowded chaos; no sacrifice means no values, and without a pure state of mind, the artwork would be visualized as a words of lie. Such conditions happens frequently to me!

For me, the best artwork is those made with a faithful heart, warm soul and pure mind, and the most difficult process in painting is to reach such condition before painting, along the creation process and how to keep that way after finishing.

From my ship, Ungaran, Indonesia, September 2010.

EKSPLORASI & EKSPERIMEN

Bagi saya, melukis adalah eksplorasi dan eksperimen tanpa henti, terutama menyangkut objek dan style teknis.
Jika eksplorasi objek dilakukan terus-menerus, tidak demikian biasanya dengan style teknis.
Meski telah menemukan suatu style yang rasanya benar-benar cocok untuk berekspresi, selalu muncul dorongan kuat untuk mencoba teknik lainnya.
Alhasil terciptalah beberapa lukisan berikut.
Suatu saat ketika Pak Hendry Yudi, rekan saya yang menyediakan frame-frame indah, mengunjungi studio dan galeri saya berkata, “Sepertinya lukisan-lukisan ini dibuat oleh orang yang berbeda.”
Ya, belakangan ini saya lebih suka berkarya dengan teknik yang disebut teman-teman dengan “Indomilk” karena pada bagian akhir saya meneteskan lelehan cat putih sehingga membentuk benang kasar maupun halus yang kontras dengan background gelap.
Saya cukup puas karena rasanya berhasil menyusun komposisi yang harmonis dan berdimensi (setidaknya menurut saya sendiri… he he he…).
Inilah beberapa lukisan hasil eksperimen belakangan ini.

Bosku Njlimet

Bosku Njlimet

“Boss-ku Njelimet” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 40cm X 50cm.

Merayu Peggy

Merayu Peggy

‎”Merayu Peggy” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 50cm X 70cm.

Patung Ibu dan Anak

Patung Ibu dan Anak

“Patung Ibu dan Anak” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 50cm X 70cm.

Matahari Terbit

Matahari Terbit

“Matahari Terbit” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 40cm X 50cm.

Planet Cells

Planet Cells

“Planet Cells” (Moses Foresto, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 40cm X 50cm.

Selain membuat lukisan baru, saya juga mengujicobakan produk retouching varnish dari L & B, dan kemudian diolah lagi dengan teknik “Indomilk”.
Meski mengorbankan beberapa lukisan lama yang saya pilih usianya 6 bulan (Whistle Blower, 2010), setahun (Sekarang dan Seabad Kemudian, 2009) dan 2 tahun lebih (Metamorph, 2007), ternyata hasilnya memuaskan.

Whistle Blower

Whistle Blower

Lukisan Whistle Blower sebelum diolah dengan retouching varnish.

Whistle Blower 2

Whistle Blower 2

Whistle Blower setelah di-retouch dan di-“Indomilk”.

Sekarang dan Seabad Kemudian

Sekarang dan Seabad Kemudian

Sekarang dan Seabad Kemudian sebelum di-retouch.

Sekarang & Seabad Kemudian 2

Sekarang & Seabad Kemudian 2

Sekarang dan Seabad Kemudian setelah diretouch.

Metamorph

Metamorph

Metamorph sebelum di-retouch dan di-“Indomilk”.

Metamorph 2

Metamorph 2

Metamorph setelah di-retouch dan di-“Indomilk”. Siluet objek menjadi lebih tegas.

Dari kapal di lereng gunung Ungaran, MosF, 10 Sept. 2010.

LUKISAN UNTUK SAHABAT TERCINTA

Akhir Agustus 2010 hingga awal September yang lalu saya pulang kampung ke Banjarmasin. Tentunya kesempatan di sana harus dimanfaatkan untuk melukis, ternyata sebuah kejadian memilukan menimpa sahabat baik, Norani Aulia Basri.

Kecelakaan lalu lintas merengut nyawanya setelah beberapa hari mengalami keadaan kritis dan menjalani operasi di bagian kepala. Kini sahabatku menghadap Sang Pencipta. Saya hanya bisa berdoa agar Suami & putra terkasih, orang tua, saudara, serta sahabat dan handai taulan sekalian diberi kekuatan untuk menerima takdir ini.

Alhasil beberapa lukisan tercipta dengan suasana sedih. Inilah 2 (dua) karya lukisan serta puisi yang khusus didedikasikan untuk mengenang Almarhumah Olie.

POEM FOR A FRIENDLY FRIEND

wish to paint the sky clearly, but it’s too cloudy
hope that I could paint after the rain, but still too much pain
mind of crowded, afraid of departed
please me friend, please my friend,
grease again, grace all gain
wake up an smile brighter, so all friends could laugh louder
cause we proud of you, no more tear, no more fear!


1. “Sahabatku” (MosF, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 40cm X 60cm.

Sahabatku

Sahabatku

2. “Tears & Friendship” (MosF, 2010), Oil on Canvas, 65cm x 95 cm.

Tears & Friendship

Tears & Friendship

And now, she’s stepping over the rainbow

Keeping her wide smile, spreading brighter glow!



Ungaran, 7 September 2010