A day with Tatang to meet more Contemporary Batik Artists

Another wonderful day out with Tatang meeting batik artists; Joko, Bambang Darmo and Mr Trisno. After thanking Tatang for helping me to meet the artists last week, he said if I were free he’d be happy take me to visit a few more, how could I refuse !

One of Joko's batiks ready for first dye colour.
One of Joko’s batiks ready for first dye colour.
With Mr Joko, in his studio courtyard.
With Mr Joko, in his studio courtyard.

First we visited Joko, a successful batik artist working in a style influenced by North African and Middle Eastern motifs. His colours are rich and deep and the designs bold and patterned.

Joko's batiks piled and ready for dyeing.
Joko’s batiks piled and ready for dyeing.

Three women were waxing his designs, apparently Joko draws it out and does the complicate parts, then the women he employs “fill in “, after which he does all the dyeing. As far as I could see the women I photographed were working on very fine detail.

Woman carefully waxing the palm leaves of this design.
Woman carefully waxing the palm leaves of this design.
Women working on different stages of the batik.
Women working on different stages of the batik.
Woman working on the final waxing, before the last dye.
Woman working on the final waxing, before the last dye.
Working with a brush to cover larger areas.
Working with a brush to cover larger areas.

Later I saw a design resembling a sarong I had bought from Leksa Ganesha Gallery, I realised it was by Joko.

Mine is similar but the colours are green and purple and the design different.
Mine is similar but the colours are green and purple and the design different.

The next artist I met was Bambang Darmo a real character certainly living up to his name ! Large and jovial he works in rainbow colours in an unconstrained, expressive manner including masks, women and fish as subject matter, to name only a few.

Bambang Darmo infront of some of his work hanging out to dry.
Bambang Darmo infront of some of his work hanging out to dry.
Batik by Bambang, still drying on the line. I am not sure if this is the right way up !
Batik by Bambang, still drying on the line. I am not sure if this is the right way up !
Detail of one of Bambang's batiks.
Detail of one of Bambang’s batiks.
Detail of Batik.
Detail of Batik.

His studio was a lush garden surrounded by open out buildings, opposite his beautiful, original old Javenese style home. He also had a large wooden barn like building where he stored his many oil and acrylic paintings.

The open barn like studio, where Bambang works.
The open barn like studio, where Bambang works.
The lush garden next to his studio.
The lush garden next to his studio.
Bambang's caged singing birds, which he loves. He has three more like this with different breeds ,some from Japan. Not something I like to see, they should be free!
Bambang’s caged singing birds, which he loves. He has three more like this with different breeds ,some from Japan. Not something I like to see, they should be free!

His work was very experimental, some times collaging batik and painting. We talked together about working styles and both agreed that mixing batik and acrylic paint was uncomfortable for us, although I thought he had some successful examples. Again, so lovely to find similarities of experience, technique and opinion.

Dancers by Bambang Darmo, batik and acrylic on soft canvas.
Dancers by Bambang Darmo, batik and acrylic on soft canvas.
Batik collage and acrylic , by Bambang Darmo.
Batik collage and acrylic , by Bambang Darmo.
Dancing girls, batik and acrylic.
Dancing girls, batik and acrylic.

When seeing my work he told me I had much more patience than him ; I noted that he too had three lady helpers and a male dye technician!

Three ladies working on Bambang's batiks.
Three ladies working on Bambang’s batiks.
This young lady was using a brush to wax in areas that needed protecting from the next dye bath .
This young lady was using a brush to wax in areas that needed protecting from the next dye bath .

Our third visit was to a batik artist famous in the 1970s, Mr Trisno whose fluid line and bold colours made lively images of dancing girls, birds and flowers.

Me and mr Trisno.
Me and mr Trisno.

He was a sparkly eyed, gentle mannered man, pleased to show me his work. He told me I had just missed the ladies who helped with the canting work, so no pictures of them. Mr Trisno has had several exhibitions in Europe and America and one had just ended in Madrid.

Contemporary Javanese batik
Contemporary Javanese batik by Mr Trisno.

All these batik artists with wonderfully skilled helpers, I would love to have that sort of help, it would definitely increase my output !

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