Founded in July 1984, Edwin’s Gallery is one of the most active and the longest-running private art galleries in Indonesia. It has constantly maintained its existence and activities in the art scene ever since. Among others, its highlighted list of prominent contemporary artists are Jumaldi Alfi and Nasirun.
Living and working in Yogyakarta, Jumaldi Alfi has participated in easily 150 selected group and solo exhibitions around the world, from Milan to Yogyakarta since 1992. He is the co-founder of the artists group Jendela in Indonesia. In the early phase of their careers, the members of Jendela surprised the Indonesian art audiences with their works that were very much removed from socio-political themes while being also removed from the kind of works capitalizing on the technical sophistication of realist painting. Relative to his friends in this group, Alfi has consistently been exploring new possibilities in painting tradition. In the last 10 years his paintings have shown shifting themes and styles. He has come to the conclusion that his painting is a personal therapy to accommodate and control various issues troubling his mind. With such a mindset he began choosing certain themes and approaches to develop series of paintings. Combining expressionism, raw-art, and sometimes realism too, Alfi makes his paintings autobiographical notes and at once fields of experiments to keep exploring and testing various possibilities of painting – more as ideas than just the products of imaging on canvas.
Nasirun, a painter from Bantul, Yogyakarta, is no more a stranger in the world of Indonesian contemporary art. His name is often associated with numerous adjectives, and “eccentric” is one of the words. Since he graduated from ISI Yogyakarta in 1994, Nasirun has achieved a number of awards, such as the best sketch at ISI Yogyakarta and the prestigious Philip Morris Award in 1997. His name then was widely known by Indonesian people when he set three records of MURI, including the most number of paintings by using car as its medium, (there were 24 unit cars used for his paintings) a miniature of Borobudur Temple made from 113 birdhouses painted in different colors; and the most number of paintings by using 13 wooden tables as the medium. Dr. Oei Hong Djien stated in one of his interview with Kompas that Nasirun has everything inside him as a painter. An excellent painting technique and powerful imagination as well as his brilliant concept wrapped with emotion and aesthetics, are the elements of Nasirun’s strong point.
MJ Wayang by nasirun
Mite Syshipus Night Walker by Jumaldi alfi