Circling Around inside Awang Behartawan’s Circles

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Awang Behartawan, Davis Gallery, Denmark, 2021

August 12, 2021, was the day that artist Awang Behartawan had been waiting for. His solo exhibition, titled "Round in Circles" is launched at Davis Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark and was opened by the Indonesian Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, Dewi Savitri Wahab. In her written release, Dewi commented on the figure of this Palembang-born artist,

“This year, Indonesia and Denmark celebrate the 71st anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic relations. Strengthening the culture through arts has been continuously the key to our bilateral relations. Many individuals have played important parts, and among others is Awang Behartawan. Awang Behartawan has been working tirelessly in building a better understanding between the people of Indonesia and Denmark.

Through his works, he introduces Indonesia in so much more than the “traditional exotic” culture as often portrayed in western countries. His art is a combination of his eastern life philosophy and mathematical science; in life, he considers both Indonesia and Denmark as his homes. He uses fractal pattern – an endlessly repeating visual pattern that he draws inspiration from to explain the endless repetitive cycle of life- “