Under The Stars, 2015
Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 150 cm
About the artwork
The artist often thinks about people who are influenced by thoughts of other figures – mainly idols or those who inspire the mass. After all, we live in a society where our every action and thought is influenced by our own perceived understanding of something; that something being a particular social system, economics, politics, culture and etcetera. This very human capability, intelligence, is what forms the structure of our daily lives, including the formation of cities and the urbanization of places that we live in – ultimately borne out of a desire to an improved tomorrow.
About the artist
Purwanto was born in Jember, East Java in 1977. He was interested in Visual Art since Junior High School and started to teach himself art after graduating. He began to paint during his school days at SMAN I Ambulu ( National Senior High School I) and won some Visual Art competitions which were held by Kiss FM, a radio station in Jember. After graduating from Senior High School, he joined his art teacher to establish ” Panji Laras," an art workshop, and eventually pursued arts at ISI Yogyakarta. In 2012, he saw Thomas Ott’s scratchboard comics and started to explore the scratching technique on canvas. The sheer amount of random composition of thousands scratching lines seems to suggest that people be more patient and careful in reading and rereading the various nuances of social cultures that exist in humanity.Go to Purwanto's profile ›