Jakarta Vintage

10 ARTWORKS I LOVE AT BAZAAR ART 2014

The 6th Bazaar Art Jakarta is back again, now even bigger and bolder. Yes, with hundreds of artworks from 35 galleries, this year’s exhibition includes overseas artists from China, Japan and Korea, among others– aside from local maestros and up and coming artists. All is unique in thier own right but you know i have to pick only 10 in my wish list, based on: would they go with my vintage space/pieces? Here it goes:

Forest Spirit is a little mystical and spiritual painting by Rodel Tapaya.
Export by sculpture artist Redy Rahadian would look good in my workshop. Love it!
Photo arts by New York-based Singaporean photographer and visual artist John Clang caught my attention. The title is self explanatory: Fear of Losing Experience Remembering Strangers.
I am not being political to say that everyone is now longing for new hope , and this is shared by artist Iqi Qoror too. This is one painting you cant miss.
Boy In The Shade of Tree by Chinese rising star Dai Pingjun looks like everyone’s favourite –me including. This painting would find a home in my showroom.
Never mind the title (The Chorus of Autumn Insects), the late bloomer Feng Lumin from China captures sad and happy childhood in oil on canvas.
This painting by Gatot Indrajati reminds me of Kiki Delivery Service, the famous animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Look at the sewing machine, the piano, the painting — they will fit well in my space.
A collage of paintings from acrylic, charcoal, pencil, ink, marker, wood frame, plastic flower, paper, resin on canvas by Wisnu Auri. I like the way he mixes different paintings and materials. Perfect for the wall in my work space.

Decorating Number One Agency

This office decoration project was done awhile ago but I only had a chance to take decent pictures recently. This is our very first project so I tried to do it right, a little too “safe” but with plenty of “vintage” touches, of course. Some items should have been done differently, but hey for a maiden project –- I hope it’s not too bad. What do you think? O did I mention that this office belongs to Hakuhodo Jakarta – the number one agency in terms of creativity in Indonesia, and I am not being nice here– Hakuhodo did win the best agency in 2012. So proud to be part of it. Thank you!

Jakarta Post on Jakarta Vintage: Oldie But Goodie

Hi. After over a month of hiatus from the blog and you all — it’s really good to be back. My first note is on an article by The Jakarta Post’s JPlus two weeks ago. The two-page coverage is about my house which according to the paper –I quoted here: “displays the perfect mix of good taste, creativity and vintage obsession”. Wow, such a kind write up by Willy Wilson as well as

gorgeous photos by Fransisca Angela. Check it out at thejakartapost.com andhere.

Finding Flea Markets in Tokyo

Finding flea markets in Tokyo is surprisingly not as difficult. All the info about it is humongous and just a google away. Keeping up with the schedule is however a different matter. Most of them open every weekend, some others open on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of every month, one opens only on the 18th and 28th of every month, and so on. The good thing about it though is practically every weekend you have one or two flea markets to go. So during my brief visit last month I managed to visit two of them. The first one was right in Shinjuku, about 7 minute walk from the station. Just like most flea markets in Japan, Hana Zuno flea market is also located in a temple called …Hana-Zuno. Kimono, old coins and dolls are a common view in this flea market. The old glass painting of a Japanese lady in her kimono that you see below, I got it from here. The second flea market is at Arai Yakushi, a little more difficult to find, but it is worth the hassle because in terms of quantity and quality, this place is obviously better. Here antique martavans, imari plates, china and ceramics make me go gaga. Unfortunately they are not the kind of items I would buy in a flea market, besides it’s a bit risky carrying those fragile ceramics in a long flight. So I ended up getting nothing except those photos and a good impression how well the Japanese preserves, manages, and organizes these flea markets, they become not only a tourist destination but also a tradition. Have a good week ahead everyone!

My Hunting Field 8: Jatinegara

I have for a long time heard about Jatinegara as a flea market spot, but only weeks ago I had a chance to see it myself, thanks to my friend Mbak Tuti who insisted that the place is a must visit for vintage junkies like me. She was right. Like any other flea market, the place offers random items, from camera and painting, to practically anything and everything, and  yes, junks are inclusive. Jatinegara flea market is bigger than Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring, thus it offers more items. Not necessarily better though. But somehow I was lucky to go home with a green ice thermos and some vintage kain ulos. This is the thing with going to a flea market, you dont know what you are going to get and you end up buying things you dont even think you need or want. Happy New Year to all my friends, hope next year is another great year for everyone.

Beautiful Heads in Darmawangsa

The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto.  The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.

Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.


Pretty Artworks For My Pretty Friends

My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.

Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object.  In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations.  Here is my pick:

Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.

I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.


This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.

Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.

A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.

In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.

Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.

High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.

Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home 2

The artist, Bismar Siagian, calls his work “Bizzare”, I call it “unique”. 

SINS Fine Art Exhibition was held for five days at Guddang Gallery, just a block away from my office. Yet I missed to pay a visit and get myself a little art education. Luckily the day after it was closed down for public, I managed to visit the venue and enjoy the paintings, as –to my advantage– the artists have not come to pick up their works.

Sabila Cakra says “Mom Loves Cat More Than Me #2”, I say the cat looks cute.

Here is my personal choice again based on: would they go with my vintage pieces. Oh by the way all the artists were aged between 18 to 22…What a nice surprise, such nice works created by such fresh minds.  Enjoy the artworks and have a restful weekend!

The painting below (“Envy”) by Sidhi Pradipta would really look good in my meeting room, or above the piano at home. Well, I guess it would look good anywhere.

Freezing Smile by Ahmad Agung Ramadya, this is good to cheer up the creative room.


The painting in the center is another Sidhi’s work called “Wrath”. Funny I feel happy when I see it.

Below is another “Bizzare” work by Bismar Siagian. Again not so bizzare to me. The last three paintings belong to Sabila. And one word from me: wow!

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home

Last weekend I managed to visit Galeri Nasional which was exhibiting Jatim Art Now, an art exhibition by 149 artists from East Jawa. In my humble opinion as an average Indonesian, I must say that I am impressed with the artworks. I think they are world class. As my friend Handoko always says, the choice of art is a personal matter, and here is my personal choice from the exhibition based on: would they go with my vintage pieces?


O wait. Let me count it again. Not 10 but there are 13 artworks that i would love to have in my vintage home and office. See, art can make you a little disoriented and irrational sometimes. My friend Syanda who works as an art curator asked about my preference on painting and i could not really answer. Now those 13 artworks are my answer. For your information, the exhibition will last until the 5th of July, so you will have plenty of time to pick your choice of art and share them with me her. Have an artful week ahead!