Art Tainan 2019

This year Artemis Art adds another art fair to the annual program, with our debut participation in Art Tainan, held annually in the southern city of Taiwan.

In our lineup are seven young and emerging visual artists from Indonesia and Malaysia, plus one young artist from Taiwan. Featured are Ajim Juxta, Caryn Koh, Gatot Indrajati, Haris Rashid, Indra Dodi, Laksamana Ryo, Ou Jing Yun, and Syahbandi Samat.

The art fair begins with a preview day on Thursday, May 14 and continues with the public days from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 2019. Art Tainan 2019 takes place at the prestigious Tayih Landis Hotel in Tainan, on floors 8 and 9. Artemis Art’s room for this year’s fair is 815. Fair hours are from 12 noon to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday.

Do visit us if you happen to be in the fine southern city of Tainan!

Tayih Landis Hotel Tainan

Tayih Landis Hotel Tainan is located at No. 660, Ximen Rd (Section 1), West Central District, Tainan City (link opens in Google Maps). Art Tainan 2019 takes place on floors 8 and 9 of the hotel, and Artemis Art is located at room 815.

The location map on the right provides an easy reference to find the gallery.

Seven Southeast Asian artists from Indonesia and Malaysia, plus one artist from Taiwan, are part of our artwork showcase in this year’s edition of Art Tainan. For enquires about the availability of artworks by these artists, contact us via email at in**@ar***************.com.

Ajim Juxta

b. 1983 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Better known in the art scene as Ajim Juxta, Raja Azeem Idzham is a young multi-talented visual artist who’s formal training is in architecture. After graduation Ajim worked as an architect for some three years, before coming to the realization that his true calling was visual art, a realization that eventually lead him to make the decision to become a full-time artist.

His repertoire of works spans several mediums, including pen and ink, found-object sculptures, and paintings on canvas. Like many architects-turned-artists, influences of architecture are apparent, particularly in Ajim’s use of lines and structures in his artworks.

Click here for his full artist profile.

Caryn Koh

b. 1987 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Arts, Dasein Academy of Art, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern!Ireland, U.K

A qualified medical doctor, Caryn Koh gave up a career in medicine to rediscover her passion in visual art. She obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from Dasein Art Academy, and is now a fulltime artist residing in the United Kingdom.

What intrigues Caryn is what she calls the “human mould”, the physique plus mental and psychological make-up of individuals. Within this construct, she believes the various human interconnections, be they by blood or otherwise, creates another dynamic to our being.

Click here for her full artist profile.

Gatot Indrajati

b. 1980 in Bogor, Indonesia

Bachelor of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Gatot Indrajati was born in West Java, but grew up in Magelang, capital of Central Java. Since young, he has always had an affinity with wood, fashioning his own toys, not being able to afford the commercially available metal or plastic figures and toys. Instead, he created his own versions of superheroes by his own handiwork.

His depictions of wooden toys on canvas are critiques of society, dolls and toys becoming metaphors for those who become the playthings of others, something that exists in society but not often acknowledged. His works provide a “second life” to these playthings, as well as provide a platform for Gatot to express his opinions about social issues he observes in society.

Haris Rashid

b. 1992 in Kedah, Malaysia

Diploma in Illustration, The One Academy, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Art has been a part of this young artist’s life from early on, particularly since his high school days, encouraged by his mother, who also was his school’s art teacher. For a short period Haris Rashid studied Textile Technology at the tertiary level, but later switched to Illustration, obtaining his diploma from The One Academy. After completing his formal studies, he opted to pursue art as a career, and is today a full time artist.

Flora and fauna feature prominently in his artworks, often used as metaphors for human behavior, or as representations of human characteristics that he critiques, often using proverbial human/animal similes as the basis of his visual depictions.

Click here for his full artist profile.

Indra Dodi

b. 1980 in Padang, Indonesia

Bachelor of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta

Just about any encounter or event may become the inspiration for Indra Dodi, using daily and (often) ordinary experiences as the basis for his naïve figurative artworks. The comedy, drama, emotions and mysteries of day to day life is exaggerated and depicted just how a young child would imagine them.

Indra Dodi looks at things from a view different from the conventional. Abstractions in his current work are a condensation of multiple metaphors. Exaggerating the monstrous or ugly aspects reveals the real nature of humans as well as that of animals and imaginary creatures. In his painted stories – which Indra considers to be more like visualized poems – many different objects/items appear, for example weapons like swords, daggers and pistols, and even skulls.

Click here to view his full profile.

Laksaman Ryo

b. 1993 in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

Bachelor of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), Yogyakarta

Originally from Banyuwangi in East Java, Laksamana Ryo is a recent graduate of the prestigious Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta. This young artist’s career, however, began much earlier while he was still a student, and in the past few years his artworks have been exhibited quite extensively within and beyond the borders of Indonesia.

At a glance, Ryo’s paintings are charmingly whimsical; pop surrealist artworks skillfully done in an illustrative style reminiscent of the world of anime. The classical visual veneer of his artworks, almost fairy tale like in appearance, broach subjects that are in contrast quite contemporary. Upon closer examination, however, the subjects this young artist’s works address are far from frivolous, for instance his critiques of traditional patriarchic behaviors that are quick to judge others, as well as the fluidity of how gender is viewed today, compared to the strictly imposed binary categorization given by more traditional worldviews.


Ou Jing Yun

b. 1991 in Yilan, Taiwan

Bachelor of Fine Art, Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taiwan
Masters of Fine Art, Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taiwan

The fantastical pastoral scenes in this young Taiwanese artist invite the viewer into a world that is familiar yet is somehow at odds with itself. Inverted images, stark boundaries of night and day, out-of-place manmade objects that occasionally appear in what otherwise appear to be fauna at play, are hints at a strange imagined land where the impossible may just come to life.

But Ou’s visually rich world invites the viewer to create their own stories, to suggest their own experiential input to enrich the narrative of his wondrous yet somehow tortured fantasyscapes.

Syahbandi Samat

b. 1992 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Self-taught artist

Drawing from personal experience and observation, the stupefying technical skills of young artist Syahbandi Samat, using primarily ball-point pens, has been gaining wide attention from the Malaysian art scene in recent years, particularly since winning the 2011 cycle of the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA), and more recently, the Young Guns Award 2016.

Syahbandi takes the ballpoint pen well beyond the implement’s typical role as a writing instrument, fueled by his determination and hard work, continuously improving his skills as a visual artist, and is definitely a talent to watch in the coming years.

Click here for his full artist profile.

Here are some installation shots from Art Tainan 2019 taken on the preview day, March 14 2019.


eCatalog for our participation in Art Tainan 2019 coming soon!

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