The opening of Roby Dwi Antono’s latest show with Nanzuka is the first centred around his new style. For a while now, more free flowing figuration is something we’ve seen slowly becoming prominent in his work. The very smooth and meticulous precision of his previous works are almost in stark contrast with the spontaneous expression of late.
After seeing pictures of himself as a child playing with oil crayons and pastels, the artist decided to challenge himself and try something new by experimenting with that childlike carefree type of creation. Opposed to the precise use of oil paint, oil pastels and crayons allow for more intuitive movement across the canvas. Which as he points out can be a challenge for an artist used to creating incredibly realistic works.
Our latest edition with the artist is a kind of cross over between these two styles. His older more realistic style complimented by hand-finished crayon drawings. Expressing how his latest style explorations are an extension of his earlier practice. To show the evolution over the years I’ve dug up some works that show case the breath of Roby’s work. It’s impossible to cover it all so feel free to leave your personal favourites in the comments! 👀
I managed to grab to original AA Kira print which I love, but I really want some of his more hand drawn style pieces
8 months ago·
Agree with you entirely @acc_23VJHk4GXn7MCJOk6xD6JcyPRUN - really enjoyed reading your post! I've always adored those enduring features, the eyes in Roby's work always entirely captivate me! Very excited for the new release!
9 months ago·
I really like his artwork cover done with Sleep Party People. His earlier vibes are so detailed, surreal and dreamy. I'm also loving his fusion of pop surrealism with his more childlike approach these days. It goes to show how versatile and incredibly talented Roby is.
9 months ago·
Great representation of his work! Whichever medium or style Roby uses, the end result is always distinctly him. I particularly love this upcoming release because of the blend of both styles! Its such a unique and beautiful representation of the different stages in his artistic journey, the blend of the darker and more child-like elements in colour really make it stand out and the framing is just icing on the cake! Super amazing release.
I wanted to share an earlier work of his that really got my attention back in the day, a girl holding a cat. Quite different from all his more recent styles but when the galaxy in the eyes was more featured. Its truely mesmerizing the details in the eyes of both subjects. The overall painting exudes a very peaceful, sweet and calming vibe, I cannot begin to imagine how amazing it looks in person, the owner is very lucky!
Another element that has always drawn me to Roby are those tears! That liquid effect on his paintings, just simply amazing as well. With all this, regardless of which style or medium Roby has gone into throughout the years, there are always established elements that continue to be showcased in all his works, which I think is really great. This allows him to also feature new characters as well, as we see with ultraman and others.
These different styles and representationswould speak to different groups of collectors I'm sure, but I totally love them all! <3
9 months ago·