ART021 Dedy Sufriadi

ART021: Perceptive Intuition by Dedy Sufriadi

In collaboration with Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA), Artemis Art is pleased to announce our debut appearance in ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair. Perceptive Intuition presents recent works by Indonesian contemporary artist Dedy Sufriadi, a small collection of works selected from the artist’s Tabula Rasa series of paintings. Perceptive Intuition also marks Dedy’s debut appearance in ART021, our booth a part of the Detour sector of the art fair.

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Art Fair Details

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
11 to 14 November 2021 (Collector’s Preview: 11 & 12 November)
Shanghai Exhibition Center
Visit us at Booth E1-17

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Dedy Sufriadi

b. 1976 in Palembang, Indonesia

Dedy Sufriadi is one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists of his generation. His artworks provide insights to the changing world around him through the use of visual elements frequently found in his artworks, among others, text, textures, naïve figurations, and gestural strokes. There is an aura of philosophical simplicity to be found in Dedy’s artworks, despite the multi-layered presentation often achieved through complex processes. In part, this could be attributed to the artist’s almost decade-long immersion in existential philosophy early on in his career. There is also the transition from strict logical application of compositional techniques to Dedy allowing his intuition to fully take charge; it is a process that the artist has progressively been infusing into his artistic practice. This method of creation, allowing his intuition free rein, is the basis of the Tabula Rasa series of works selected for this year’s edition of ART021.

Complete Artist Bio


1976年出生于印度尼西亚 巴伦邦

戴狄・苏非阿迪 (Dedy Sufriadi) 是印度尼西亚最杰出的当代艺术家之一。他的作品中经常发现文字、纹理、朴素的形象和手势笔触,通过这些视觉元素,回应他周围不断变化的世界提供了另一种洞察力。尽管戴狄经常通过复杂的过程实现多层次的展示,但在他的艺术作品中可以找到一种哲学上的简单的光环。在某种程度上,这可以归因于艺术家在其职业生涯的早期沉浸在存在主义哲学中近十年之久。这是他从严格的逻辑应用组合技巧到直觉领先的转变过渡;也是艺术家逐渐融入艺术实践的过程。这种让直觉随心所欲的创作方法,是今年 ART021 入选的白版系列 (Tabula Rasa) 作品的基础。


We have included a few essays that provide deeper insights into Dedy Sufriadi’s artistic practice, covering both his Tabula Rasa series of works as well as the artist’s creative use of text throughout his two-decade long career. 

Tabula Rasa: A Journey to a manner of Intuitive Taste

The following is an English translation of Yogyakarta-based curator Dedi Yuniarto’s essay written for Tabula Rasa, Dedy Sufriadi’s 2018 mini-solo (part of the Peaceful Seeker #2 project). The essay was originally written in Bahasa Indonesia, entitled “Tabula Rasa: Satu Perjalanan Olah Rasa“.

Reading The Feel Behind The Text

The following essay was written in conjunction with Dedy Sufriadi’s magnum opus 2020 solo exhibition Superficial Readers. It was written by Yogyakarta-based curator Dedi Yuniarto, and originally entitled “Membaca Rasa Dibalik Teks” (in Bahasa Indonesia). Presented here is an English translation by Artemis Art.

Perceptive Intuition” Full Catalog (e-Catalog)


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Perceptive Intuition” Catalog of Works (Print Copy)


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Exhibited Artworks

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Not Good Art Until Sold (2020)

Acrylic and Marker on Canvas
250 x 150 cm

Artist Dedy Sufriadi is perhaps best known for how text is used in his artwork. The inclusion of text has been characteristic of Dedy’s artworks since very early on in his career. Over time, text in his works have evolved from being direct conveyors to “placeholder” for viewers to connect and imagine their own contexts and meanings.

In terms of categorization, Not Good Art Until Sold straddles both Dedy’s Text and Tabula Rasa series of works. While they contain depiction of text, this work has been created using the methodology employed throughout the Tabula Rasa series of paintings. The artwork, more importantly, reveals the more playful side of Dedy Sufriadi, who often subtly infuses humor into his works.

Tabula Rasa: Superficial (2021)

Acrylic, Marker and Pastel on Canvas
150 x 150 cm

The Tabula Rasa approach to art creation involves addressing the canvas with a clear mind. There is no pre-planned theme nor structure. Instead, Dedy allows his intuition free reign and creates the work with whatever he has within his reach in his studio at the time. But this approach shouldn’t be mistaken for mindless endeavor – while Dedy allows his intuition to roam free, it is guided by his many years of experience as a visual artist. Instinctively, Dedy knows when enough is enough,

His experience also shows in the level of restraint Dedy practices. It is not uncommon for abstract artists with lesser experience to go overboard, continuously adding lines, strokes or color without end.  

Clip Art (2021)

Acrylic, Marker and Oil Stick on Canvas
150 x 150 cm

In this Tabula Rasa variant Dedy incorporates elements of naïve figuration often seen more distinctly in his other series of works. Clip Art is a reference to the dynamic icons and graphics found on web pages often hyperlinked to other parts of the Internet, acting as visual anchors and prompts. This closely relates to Dedy’s Hypertext body of work, where text and other elements in the artwork act as visual placeholders for viewers to create their own ideation linkages in their minds’ eyes.   

As is quite common in Dedy Sufriadi’s works, a specific painting may or may not fall squarely within the bounds of a particular series, instead act as transitional visual bridges that bring together his rich and varied artistic practice.  

Tabularasa #25.20 (2020)

Acrylic, Marker, Oil Stick and Pencil on Canvas
150 x 150 cm

Embodying the essence of the Tabula Rasa series, this artwork was created through pure intuition by the artist. Dedy’s intuition is let loose on the canvas, his creative process subjecting the canvas with multiple cycles of application, extraction, then re-application. This process is repeated until Dedy’s intuition says, “Enough“. A characteristic that is common throughout Dedy Sufriadi’s body of work, regardless of which series, is the artist’s skill in the use of color, producing compositions that are visually enticing and engage directly with the viewer’s inner self.

Although Dedy doesn’t explicitly imbue his more current works with philosophy, one cannot help but sense a deep philosophical pull in his paintings. But having studied existential philosophy for the better part of a decade earlier in his career, Dedy himself is an embodiment of existentialism. Hence it is not surprising that his works often project a deep philosophical affinity with those who open themselves to visually engage with the artist’s art.

Tabula Rasa: Move and Mind (2019)

Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 150 cm

Similar in style to Not Good Art this is an earlier piece that combines elements of text with the free-flowing intuitive explorations of the broader Tabula Rasa series of paintings.

Text in Dedy’s works have evolved from being explicit conveyors of information as seen in the artists early works. Instead, textual elements in the artist’s paintings act as visual placeholders for viewers to develop their own insights, making one simultaneously a consumer and author of what is visually perceived.

Tabularasa #22.20 (2020)

Acrylic, Marker, Oil Stick and Pencil on Canvas
120 x 100 cm

Like its companion piece #25.20 this Tabula Rasa painting has been subject to many layers and cycles of application and extraction, until Dedy is satisfied with the look and feel that emanates. In it one can see traces of text and subtle figurations, plus a play of tones that suggest feelings and ideas a viewer may further develop and extrapolate as part of their contemplation when viewing this work. 

The Tabula Rasa series, although born out of one artist’s intuitive drives, resonates with different people for different reasons. As with much of what Dedy creates, this artwork acts as a visual placeholder for the viewer to contemplate and viscerally connect, with whatever might be on their mind at the time of viewing.

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