Ed­win’s Gallery

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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

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