Like rainbow, the painting of Samarpan is a form of visual beauty that is purely composed of lines and colors. Samarpan’s painterly language relies on his state of mind. This language is quite perceptive in recording feeling, thinking, sensation and emotion of the painter. The painter’s body, especially his outstretched arm that moves in the act of painting, actively translates mental conditions and sensory sensations into abstract compositions. Let’s imagine his painting as an “inner rainbow”.
Obviously, what is painted by Samarpan is less important than how to paint it, the ways in which the artist manages lines and colors into composition. The intense interplay of lines and colors in his paintings create an impression of tremendous dynamic of the soul. The dynamic poetically gives vitality to the images of his paintings, making them looks fresh and vibrating. However, this dynamism is almost magically contained in controlled form. States of mind and emotional moods entered his paintings in a way that is like a refreshing drizzle creating beautiful rainbow.
Samarpan’s paintings are characterized by the presence of spatial illusion that rose from his sensitive ability to process color. Color policy is an important creative element that generates the suggestive power of his works. The colors of his paintings as if vibrating, calling each other in a dialogue, creating a variety of visual expression that is rich with psychological and emotional charge. His paintings demonstrate the capacity of color to give birth to the plasticity of the meaningful visual artistic language. In his work, we feel as if there is a pulsating energy formed by his brushstroke and his layers of paint that create visual rhythms laden with meaning.
The diverse visual surface configurations of Samarpan’s compositions are astonishingly contingent, depending on the instant of each execution. These moments of truths are genuine, synchronizing spiritual and physical movements, constructing critical connections between the inner and outer dimensions of creativity possessed by the artist. Samarpan intensely unravels these trans-dimensional relations to capture the pulse of possibilities of what shall occur. It is a creative moment bursting as new revivals. Numerous visual presentations of his paintings are formed from the same lines and colors, yet always different. Each creation is one of infinite compositional possibilities that have come to existence once the painting process has been completed.
Rather than attempting to interpret or understand reality, Samarpan put forward the total expressions of his mental experiences about lived reality that inspired him to paint. The image on his canvas is not the result of observation or meditation of reality, but rather the result of an existential process to give meaning to the perception of reality that settles in his intimate personal memory. In his act of painting, Samarpan does not seek to find the meaning of reality, but to make reality meaningful. He pursues the same ideal that motivates a true poet to write a poem. While presenting systematically constructed form, his works are more the invention of a poet than the invention of a philosopher or a scientist. His paintings record a variety of sensations about reality; also reflect a kind of “mystical thinking” that reaches the invisible dimension underlying the order of reality, the principle of harmony behind the reality of things.
Samarpan’s use of abstract form to express his reflections of life results in many profound questions. He does so because this is how he can best express the reality of his personal experience and vision. The depth and sensitivity of this expression, full of color and deep thought, rises above the limits of the canvas to reveal a deeply spiritual human being. Poetic and musical, Samarpan’s paintings are personal accounts about the liveliness of sensory perception, passionate feelings as well as thoughtful considerations reviving from an authentic experience about reality that astounds his soul.
Samarpan’s paintings invite us to participate in a colorful journey from the “sight” to the “insight” he has kept hidden in his innermost mind. They allow us to fly with him to the wonderful land of imagination, to dream and see the world anew, and finally make us realize that we have wings too. His paintings tell us that by keeping our minds open to new experiences and adventures, we too can fly and discover our own hidden land of “rainbow”.
Writer: Arif Bagus Prasetyo