Pentimento merges classical western painting with contemporary methods – Sat, November 26 2022

Richard Horstman (The Jakarta Post)


Denpasar ●
Sat, Nov 26 2022

Dutch artist Noella Roos exhibits an authoritative body of works painted over 10 years in Bali. Pentimento invites the audience to learn about Western painting by exploring the human form.

Versatile, potent and beautiful, the human body is a remarkable creative phenomenon. The eternal muse for artists throughout the ages, iconic figurative images mark the passage of history. Pentimento, Roos’ exposition of oil paintings, drawings and etchings, describes portraits, nudes and semi-nude compositions. Her classical and modern representations pay homage to Rembrandt, Titian, Matisse and other masters. Powerfully emotive, Roos’ images arouse melancholy, longing, drama and harmony.

Meaning “to repent”, Pentimento refers to changes made during the painting process, generally concealed beneath a paint layer. Open from Oct. 29 – Nov. 30 at Pentimento Gallery, Mas, Ubud, Roos showcases six large-scale charcoal on paper drawings, a lithograph, four intaglio prints and 28 oil paintings in sizes from 159 centimeters by 97 cm to 28 cm by 20 cm. Her objective is to educate and help the audience understand the painting process and the many aspects that strengthen a composition so that they may have a greater appreciation. The Bali-based artist and art teacher is known for her drawings; however, Roos has never exhibited her paintings in Indonesia.

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