Going Global

With passionate talent and outstanding skills, Indonesian artists have produced masterpieces potential to bring the Indonesian art into a glorious period at the international level. Auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s have been witnessing the escalating prices of Indonesian contemporary artworks, which are far higher than the initial estimate. Renowned artists such as I Nyoman Masriadi, Rudi Mantofani and Agus Suwage are among those whose masterpieces have fetched hundreds of tho … [Read more...]

Inge Rijanto: The Making of A Great Artist

If it wasn’t because of a call of the heart, Inge Rijanto wouldn’t have been a great artist. And through the means of the human body, the eminent Indonesian painter and sculptor Inge Rijanto expresses her emotions. Her former career as a fashion designer has borne a success of being a ‘know-how’ in drawing and designing clothing. However, as Inge then became aware, clothing is no more than the outer covering that summed up in a human body. And despite the fact that the savoir-faire of designi … [Read more...]

Teguh Ostenrik: IN LIVING COLOUR

Every colour has its own heart. Even the most disliked colour can turn to a beautiful masterpiece through the power of art, according to Teguh Ostenrik. With laid-back appearance, noted painter and sculpture Teguh shows a few of his abstract paintings in his studio. “Every colour has the beauty to contribute to the colourful world in which we all live.” His paintings reflect his keen on playing with colours. The paintings’ translucent layers of facial expressions create the sense of moving … [Read more...]

Richard Winkler: A Destiny through Art

Expressing passion and experiences onto his art works, Richard Winkler has always been searching for the beauty and harmony where nature and humans meet. Keen on drawing and painting since childhood, the Swedish-born artist took his grandfather as his absolute idol. “I never forget the time I spent with my grandfather painting and drawing. He was the first one who gave me first lessons. A great painter, indeed, but my grandfather never had the opportunity to make his passion into a p … [Read more...]

Warwick Purser: Bringing Fame

It is not easy for Indonesian products to resist the prestige of foreign brands in terms of luxury purchases. But not when it comes to handcrafted goods, according to Warwick Purser. “The world has been giving Indonesian artists much more deserved credit for their shining works than hitherto,” Warwick says, pointing one of his acclaimed collections of Putu Sutawijaya’s paintings. Into Indonesian contemporary art, Warwick has quite a few of Putu’s masterpieces in his art collections. Unlike … [Read more...]

Putu Sutawijaya: Picturing LIfe to A Canvas

The same object being seen can be completely different when perceiving with heart. And Putu Sutawijaya is able to deliver the alteration into beautiful art works. Born in 1971 in Angsari, Bali, Putu sees art as a journey that delivers various moments and manners. Later, the journey became his source of inspiration for his works. It’s simply a visualization of how he inspires his hobbies of modifying old cars. Just like in a social life, an old car has many parts that collaboratively work t … [Read more...]

Deborah Iskandar: Every Canvass Has Its Own Worth

Despite current global economic downturn, Deborah Iskandar attests that Indonesian art is now in the international art radar. With an enthusiastic gesture, the newly appointed head of Sotheby’s Indonesia asserts that some collectors do consider art as an alternative investment as the price of some masterpieces tend to rise as time goes. Also a consultant of Sotheby’s Hong Kong, the American Deborah who has lived in Jakarta for 18 years recalls the most recent Sotheby’s auction of Modern and Con … [Read more...]

My Jakarta-Deborah Iskandar

Deborah Iskandar is an American who has lived in Jakarta for more than 17 years. Having been a representative for an auction house for 12 years and took a much deserved a year break, she was recruited in July 2008 by Sotheby’s, one of the world’s oldest auction houses, to establish its presence in Indonesia and take incumbency as a consultant for Sotheby’s Hong Kong. WHY DO YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN JAKARTA?
I find the city a fascinating place to live as there are so many opportunities despite some co … [Read more...]