Kemalezedine (b. 1978, Yogyakarta) is a multidisciplinary Bali-based artist who works in paintings, drawings, prints and objects. His practice investigates the complex narratives and history of Balinese paintings and its complicated relationship to Indonesian art.
This latest body of works in Draw Distance continues his exploration with non-figurative paintings that are based on drawings of repetitive lines and ornamentations of various deconstructed Balinese visual iconography, arranged in individual and multi-panel layouts. In this series, the artist further experiments with darker monochromatic colours of the Batuan style painting of Bali and introduces water-based ink into his oil paintings, representing the artist’s idea of ‘conservation’ and ‘exploration’, where ‘tradition’ and ‘change’ come together to create something new.
Kemalezedine has exhibited locally and internationally, including Sixty Percent Around the Sun, Black Hand Gang, Artsphere Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (2021), Drawing Bali Today, Sika Gallery Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (2019), Contemporary Art from Bali, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2016), Crossing: Beyond Bali Seering, 45downstairs, Melbourne, Australia (2016), ENCOUNTER: Art from Different Lands – Southeast Asia Plus (SEA+) Triennal 2016, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (2016), Balinese Graphic Art: Painting and Drawing, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta (2016), and Toyama International Art Camp, Toyama, Japan (2015). View Kemalezedine's Resume.