New Straits Times, 25 July 2006
Life in all its joyous hues
by Dennis Chua
WEI-Ling Gallery and Indonesian watercolourist Sasya Tranggono present “For You My Lord”, a regional exhibition-cum-tour undertaken by Tranggono.
Tranggono celebrates life and its joyous experiences through delicately rendered colourful flowers. She dedicates all her works to her newfound spirituality.
“Uncomplicated yet deeply intricate, flowers are nature’s gift designed purely for pleasure and beauty, and the challenge of painting them is to look beyond the physical beauty of the leaves and petals to reveal their essence,” said Tranggono.
Tranggono has mastered this skill, and enhanced it by employing the unusual technique of painting with watercolours on canvas. Traditionally, watercolours are rendered on paper, which is absorbent. In Tranggono’s paintings, the watercolour is allowed to flow freely on canvas, giving the effect of spontaneity and multiple layers of colour.
The process is a long one, and involves patience — each layer of paint must dry before application of the next colour.
Tranggono was born into a Javanese family and grew up surrounded by concepts of beauty. After graduating with an engineering degree from Syracuse University in New York, and a Masters in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Amsterdam, Holland, Tranggono turned to watercolour to express her innermost thoughts and feelings.
She went on to receive the prestigious Jakarta CP Biennale Art Award in 2003 for her unique style of painting. She has since exhibited her paintings around the world.
Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, among others, have acquired her works.