B. Indonesia, 1967
Signed and dated “R.Edy 06” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
69 x 89 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Rudy Mardijanto is an Indonesian artist who loves to centre his art on his rural homeland. While he celebrates the culture, tradition and way of life of rural Indonesians, the clashing of tradition and modernity has always been a theme in his artworks – placing laptops and mobile phones in the presence of baju kurung and baju kebaya- clad women. His use of modern technology in his art pieces is not depicted as a disruption to cultural life, but rather a blending of inevitable modernisation into age-old culture.
In this painting, the artist once again highlights the day-to-day life of villagers in rural Indonesia, allowing viewers to experience Indonesia’s culture and tradition through the artist’s eyes.