One of Master in Abstract painting in Asia in his era is Profesor Ahmad Sadali, born and surrounding in Islamic scholar made him have passion for spread out his capability in faith.
Ahmad Sadali was born in Garut, West Java, Indonesia on July 29, 1924. He studied at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) under Ries Mulder’??s guidance. He received a scholarship to study at the Department of Fine Arts at the State University of Iowa, and the Art Student League in New York.
Upon his return, he started to develop his abstract art skill that was combined with themes of spirituality.
Sadali was also a muralist, designer and an academic. He was a fine-art professor at ITB and an initiator of the establishment of Bandung Islamic University (Unisba). He received the National Art Award from the government in 1972.
Still Life 1949
Sadali was a pioneer of Indonesia’??s modern abstract arts who showed his own version of Indonesia’??s cultures through work greatly influenced by Islamic values. In the ‘??Sadali: Works, Thoughts, Interpretation’? exhibition, people are invited to trace his journey to becoming one of Indonesia’??s most influential painters. For Sadali painting is a media for release passion for empathy to humanity and passion for make human soul much more easier to knew about God.
According to art critic and historian Sanento Yuliman in the book Seni Lukis Indonesia Baru, Sadali started to leave geometric abstraction in 1963, where he displayed big bright colors that represented nothing. Along the way, he says, his canvas displays darker colors, like deep blue, black and earthy colors. Sadali liked to combine several contrasting colors in his paintings, but as a whole, Rizki said, he managed to create an essential visual sensation. Moreover, he said, Sadali also liked to play with unusual shapes and bright colors, such as the use of gold materials in his works, but none was composed excessively.
‘??Another of Sadali’??s characteristics was to create a balanced visual composition in his work. Everything was made proportionally ‘?? there was nothing extreme in his work.’? The examples of the use of unusual shapes can be seen through his work, Gunungan 3D dengan Dasar Ultramarine and Gunungan Mas where he painted on triangular prism-shaped wood on a canvas using oil. Both paintings, made in 1980, also displayed the use of gold in his work.
The color of gold is also seen in many of his paintings that feature calligraphy, like in Tanpa Judul 32, the 90×110 centimeter-painting where he mixed green, purplish blue, black and gold, and also Tanpa Judul 34 where he used gold materials to make some part of the calligraphy
Maestro Ahmad Sadali may have passed away over two decades ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire younger generations.