Faces and dragon tattoos. Sometimes, band-aids appear across noses, or covering almost the whole face. These band-aids seem like an attempt to hide wounds away from people's scrutiny. Through his photorealistic paintings, Haris Purnomo reiterates the metaphors of a wound within Indonesia’s modern art. However, unlike those of other artists, the wounds inside his paintings are not entirely visible. They can only be perceived through awareness and a critical eye on our socioeconomic and political realities.
Haris Purnomo’s newest works are presented here in Luka, consisting of 13 large-scale paintings, video, and one installation of 50 life-sized figures. Haris has painted some of Indonesia’s most notable persons: Sukarno, Abdurrahman Wahid, Munir—as well as other people known only to Haris personally.
Haris Purnomo graduated from ISI Yogyakarta. He was a member of PIPA (Kepribadian Apa), a group of artists that was formed to satirize and question the existence of national identity in Indonesian modern paintings. He was also a member of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia [Indonesian New Visual Art Movement).