Glorious new art in batik
Eric Suriyasena puts
the finishing touches
Wow, what a feat it was. I never imagined one could do miracles with
the dying batik industry. My first reaction was its versatality which
the painter had exploited. I mean this glorious batik painting
exhibition Melted Expressions displayed by Eric Suriyasena at the Lionel
I have seen and reviewed many art exhibitions but this was unique in
new techniques. The glow of it hits you right away with their subtle
colours melting into dark shades only to fade away to visions or dreams,
whatever you call them.With the batik industry taking a nosedive and
losing its vibrance and the excitement it had years ago, even the saree
wearer seems not interested any more. New thinking had to be done to
save its face and it was left in the hands of the batik virtuoso Eric
Suriyasena who pioneered the industry until it hit the international
market. It came with the idea of batik as a painting subject.
Suriyasena picked his brush and palette and found his dreams merging
into reality. He answered the call of all those who were fed up with
normal paintings in their sitting rooms and the walls in plush hotels
and other buildings and seeking a new innovation in interior décor to
deck their walls. His determination towards a new concept to present
batik as an art, finally bore results and will not be long when they
adorn our homes and places of work and draw the tourists to this new
It is a very intricate art that needs patience. Using normal silk ,
especially imported from China and the painting medium from Germany, he
mixes all colours subtly to enhance the wonderful art.
He also uses fabric for further impact. With his strong personality,
he is one of the most individual artistes who had earlier confined
himself to batik craft but had the courage to break away for newer
innovation. He is different from his colleagues who in theory subscribe
to the same ideals.
A batik creation
Suiryasena's spirit of work overcomes all technical deficiencies. His
work has the capacity to produce exquisite results which is a challenge
to the others engaged in painting. He is anchored in the highest
development in the new batik paining system. His classic method of
applying transparent washes to create vigorously painted subjects
produce a sparkling effect. For this purpose, a hint of gold finish with
jewels and crystal gems are added for a special effect in some
paintings. Brushes have to be thin, taking into consideration that it is
done on pure silk and not rough canvas.
To what extent he practised batik art is a question that can be
discussed with one look at his work. They are passionate with colour and
robust on subject. He is true to his sensation and cannot be false to
visual reality from his doctrine of following what happens in his mind
with the palatte in hand. He is subjective to his visual sensation
caused by light and shadow only if people dare look that way.
But one has to give time to them to acquaint themselves with this new
form of art. So far there is a common aim for inspiration picked by
Suriyasena with his years of batik experience and now, there's nothing
more to achieve in it. So he moves forward with new concepts.
He is known as the chief of the batik school of thought but is ready
to leave it in its trail and pick its best tangles to create something
unique as revealed in Melted Expressions.