Sun, 20 Feb 2000

Painter to break record

DENPASAR, Bali (JP): Indonesian artist Samuel Prasetya Radja Uly set himself to paint for 22 hours continuously, starting Tuesday, in a bid to break the non-stop painting record in Indonesia.

"The event will be observed, judged and recorded by a team from the Museum of Indonesian Record (MURI)," Radja Uly said here on Friday. "With the recommendation from MURI, hopefully The Guinness Book of World Records will recognize the record."

The five-star Bali Hilton International Hotel in Nusa Dua will host the event, scheduled to start at 0:00 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday.

The painter said he would complete 22 paintings with a size of 2 x 2 meters each. "I will use 22 brushes and 22 different colors to finish my abstract works," the 32-year-old artist said.

The 22 paintings then will be on display for two weeks and two hours, and those interested in the paintings are allowed to buy two of them for Rp 22.2 million. The painter said he had an obsession to the figure 2 because of his deep belief in the natural dualism in the universe. There are day and night, masculine and feminine, good and bad. "They are the sources of my creativity and energy," the painter said.

Jais Hadiana Dargawijaya, owner of the Darga Gallery and Jaya Suprana, the founder of MURI are expected to witness the event. (zen)