2019 UOB Painting of the Year

The Scream of the Rangers

Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Nanang Sarifudin
Title: The Scream of the Rangers
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size (cm): 150 x 120

Human civilisation has caused the relationship between humans and nature to change. Advancements in technology has also positioned humans as the superior ruler of nature. Industrial developments have contributed negatively to the natural environment, especially jungles.

In The Scream of the Rangers, the artist visualises the shift in the imbalance of nature. Orangutans are guardians who play an important role in the lives of other animals in the jungle, yet they are considered as enemy to humans because they are perceived to damage agricultural lands. The artwork’s background is intentionally left empty to signify their habitat that is now gone. Their muscles are depicted as mechanical steel cables so that they can be strong when fighting their enemies, greedy humans. The open mouth is an expression of anger. The artist imagined that animals can scream and revolt because they have just been objects that succumb to humans’ greeds.

Artist’s Bio

Nanang Sarifudin

Nanang Sarifudin

Mr Sarifudin graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is actively participating in group exhibitions, including Fighting Spirit for the New Year at Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, Indonesia.