Whose Canvas: Anthok S

Anthok S. has been a full-time artist for the past 20 years. Like many artists, he originally started out doodling but got serious when he entered university. Today, he creates works meant to trigger the mind and emotion.
How did it begin?
It began when I was studying at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Denpasar in 1996. I was there to hone my childhood talent, and I did a lot of studying about what art really is.
Your inspirations and themes?
For inspiration, it tends to come from anything to do with justice and politics. Thus social-related themes are normally discussed in my art.
Tell us about your artistic process?
My process occurs when ideas come to my mind. Then, I start by sketching it on my medium, and the rest follows.
How do you insert your message into your art?
By adding some of the symbols that are not common or should not be in the main object. In general, my message is normally to remind people to be moral, honest and fair.
If it can be described, what is the characteristics of your work?
The social themes that have been processed into a narrative form. An example is one of my works titled Sang Tokoh. It’s a parody about a leader, portrayed in the figure of a clown.


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