L. FAUZI AND SURREALIST EXPRESSION
Fauzi’s paintings take the voyeur deep into the bizarre world of his childhood, complex relationship with his father, and elusive simplicity.
Fauzi hails from Probolinggo, a small town in East Java. His father ruled the home with a conservative rigidity that he learned from his time in the army. Painting was strictly forbidden. It was not until 1999, when Fauzi decided to live with a relative in Bali who opened a small art gallery, that he was permitted to explore the world through paint and canvas. After working as a commissioned artist for twelve years, Fauzi determined to follow the creative intuition inspired by his childhood memories and dreams.
Creativity bloomed as the painter moved more deeply into a fantasy world of his own creation. Fauzi uniquely illustrates the vulnerability of youth in springtime with fragile, everyday objects such as glass bottles, eggs and candles, which are transformed into animated characters and become the centrepieces of his paintings. He forms surreal shapes and shapes surreal stories through his selected media. His fine lines are steady, conveying the contented elegance of life’s lessons learned and embodied. The shades of grey blend seamlessly to create a strange and calming coolness.
Despite their placid character, Fauzi’s paintings convey the hope and youth of light in the form of a signature splash of yellow colour emitted from a small candle or the whimsy of invented creatures.
Fauzi lives a simple life, far removed from the typical professional artist’s path. The self-taught artist has never attended art school. His style is the medium for his imagination and beyond the pages of a text book or boundaries of an artistic canon.
Fauzi runs a small grocery shop in Probolinggo and delivers a selection of his paintings to Nyaman Gallery every month or so.
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