John Martono

Indonesian artist John Martono is a renowned textile designer. His unique works on silk canvas with hand embroidery reflect an intimate knowledge of textile science and techniques. A graduate of the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, majoring in Textile Design, he now lectures at his alma mater.

John Martono brings a new perspective to contemporary art through the genre of textile painting. Using paint on silk with the addition of hand stitching as a preferred medium has become his trademark for self-expression. His works have been exhibited widely in art galleries and exhibitions around the world to wide acclaim.

While many of his paintings use vibrant colors, he finds special pleasure in creating works that are the result of an interplay of black and white with hints of contrasting color. He loves to explore and observe the depth of this effect. In his own words, “The simpler the colour, the more complex the experience”.

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