Suwage, Agus b.1959 / The Kiss #4
about this work
Suwage's oeuvre predominantly circles around the phenomenon of “death”. At the most intimate level, his works might just be a medium for him to face and overcome his constant personal fear towards it. He thereby often uses popular symbols and iconography to invite an engagement with the beholder.  “The Kiss #4” shows a self-portrait kissing a skull. Hereby the beholder is confronted with a combination of the exploration of death and Suwage’s obsession with portraiture. Since the mid 90’s his own projection onto canvas has become the focal point of his artistic concern.

Agus Suwage (b.1959, Indonesia)

The Kiss #4, 2011

Oil and acrylic on canvas
200 x 250 cm.
78 3/4 x 98 7/16 in.
Arndt Gallery, Berlin, Germany  Current Location:
Hong Kong - G4Si PaintingSouth Asia


Art Stage Singapore: Tiroche DeLeon Selling Exhibition
Art Stage Singapore
01/25/2018 - 01/28/2018

ASIA: Looking South
ARNDT Berlin, Berlin, Germany
September 2011 - October 2011


Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop, Growing pains in Singapore’s art scene
Singapore Business Review (Magazine), May 2018

Isabelle Tow, Art Stage 2018 sneak peek: 10 things we saw and liked
Singapore Home & Decor (Online), January 24 20186
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ART STAGE Singapore 2018 Innovates Art Fair Concept
BLOUIN ARTINFO (Online), January 24 2018
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Anton D. Javier, Special Exhibitions: Art Stage Singapore 2018
Portfolio (Online), January 23 2018
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Asia: Looking South
Arndt (Catalogue), October 2011

Enin Supriyanto, agus suwage: Still Crazy After All These Years
Studio Biru (Book), 2010

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