Hailing from Jogjakarta in Java, Ryan Ady Putra has been creating a storm of late with his irreverent skate and punk inspired artworks. His recent exhibition, at Deus Gallery in Bali, saw large black and white wall installations as well as his topical illustrations unleashed onto local audiences. Having exhibited throughout South East Asia and worked as a freelance illustrator for many years, Ryan is one to watch - and to collect!
We managed to get our hands on 2 of his original works : 'The Daily Hugs' & 'Long Bro' - as well as a very limited edition print of his artwork 'Searching For Something, I Don't Do Nothing'. Please Enjoy!
SK: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about each of the artworks you are releasing?
Ryan Ady Putra: I always talk about the lives of young people in their social environment. Of course, a situation that occurred in Indonesia. Two images of women tell of their strength as women. I was obsessed with it. Women in the modern era are strong woman and can act as a man. I was amazed! But they still have a natural instinct. In my work "The Daily Hugs" tells the story of how she wants a hug. It was natural. The work "Long Bro" looks a bit weird. I loved it. It is a joke when you push your longboard. I represent all the weird visuals. I'm happy to do it and make people laugh at the sight of my work.
SK: Tell us about how the ideas and execution came about?
RAP: My ideas come from anywhere and anytime. I always make a rough sketch when I get the idea. What I do is rediscover the ideas if I want to make it perfect using indian ink and paper. The basic works I draw and I can make it in a variety of different mediums such as canvas, teak wood or batik.
SK: How long did the original pieces take you, and what materials do you use?
RAP: I made it in 3 days, of course, I also devote time to other jobs as well. Doing it with indian ink and gouache. It is very comfortable to do.
SK: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
RAP: I was very inspired by the work of “Beautiful Loser" dudes like Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, Steve Power and many more. They are very cool, living in the street art scene and skateboarding. They built their scene. I see they are very comfortable with what they are doing.
SK: You’re born and raised in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. How would you describe the creative scene there?
RAP: Yogyakarta is a city that is very cool and comfortable to work. We can support each other between one artist with another artist. The city is one of the cities with the largest art scene in Indonesia. You can find all kinds of art forms here. Very inspiring!
SK: You recently had an exhibition ‘Permanent Vacation’ at Deus Gallery in Bali. Tell us about that.
RAP: Yeah, this part is very interesting and warmly to tell. Suddenly I got an email from Dustin Hump, he is the owner of Deus Ex Machina. He just said, "Hey Ryan what you want to exhibit in our gallery? I really like your work!" . It is the shortest email I have ever received. Im so stoked. Of course I responded by agreeing. All rushed I made more than 15 drawings, silkscreen prints and batik. My excitement was very memorable on the opening night. As I expected, they are always smiling at my work. This is the vibes!
SK: I hear that you are headed out to Melbourne, Australia soon. What else have you got planned for 2014?
RAP: Yeah I'll stay and make some art projects in Melbourne. This will be my first experience to leave Indonesia. I'm nervous! The plan this year is I'll do collaborations with Désillusion Magazine and Deus Ex Machina. Keep watch!!
~ Interview by Aaron Craig