Ronald Apriyan - 24/7 Hong Kong Monday, October 7, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Ronald Apriyan’s Green Seed for the World (Wall E), created exclusively for Phillips’ Online Sale, is an exciting work to introduce the artist in their debut at an international auction platform. Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the contemporary visual artist draws inspiration from his ever-changing hometown surroundings to form the basis of his practice. Reminiscing on simpler times before the landscape of Yogyakarta underwent rapid urbanization; Apriyan’s playful works emanate a sense of nostalgia through their innocent, childlike motifs. Composed in graphic realism with gestural brushwork of vibrant graffiti-like colours, the present lot depicts animated icon WALL-E holding a small sprouting plant. WALL-E’s plot follows the last remaining robot who was sent by humans to clear the excesses of trash over-populating the earth. Ultimately, the plant WALL-E loyally protects is what restores the environment and thus reintroduces civilization once again. In depicting the character of WALL-E, the present lot conveys to the viewer a powerful sense of hope.

    Apriyan’s work has been exhibited nationally in Indonesia, as well as at international venues. Most recently, Apriyan presented a solo-show at Element Art Space in Singapore (2018).


Green Seed for the World (Wall E)

signed dated and titled 'RNL 2019 WALL E' lower left and right respectively
acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 cm. (27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2019, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist.

HK$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for HK$68,750

Contact Specialist

Delissa Putri Handoko
Head of Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019