Art is indeed about the freedom to express, and painting need not necessarily be strictly on canvas. For many artists painting on silk can be a novel and unique idea, requiring a special ability. But for John Martono, using silk as a preferred medium for painting has become a trademark for self-expression.
Renowned mostly as a textile designer, his works are very much related to textile science and technique. With his years of experience as a textile lecturer at the Bandung Institute of Technology, he devotes himself to textiles and is known by his students as Captain John. It comes as no surprise therefore that he uses silk for his painting. He shares these words from experience,
“It is rather unique since painting on silk is not easy. You know, silk is quite expensive and I must use special paint as well. I have no choice but to purchase paint abroad since it is not available in Indonesia. When I do my painting, the frame must be in a lying position. It is only logical that when your frame is upright, paint will drip downward. A smooth painting technique is important for such fine silk material.
John is one of few painters with a graduate degree and is in the midst of doing his postgraduate degree. His works certainly bring a new and different perspective within world’s contemporary fine arts.”
1995.Asian Fiber Art Exhibition, Taegu, South Korea.
1996.Drawing Exhibition, Bandung Institute of Technology Gallery.
1996.Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibition, National Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia.
1997.Fiber Art Story, Bandung, Indonesia.
1998,Fiber and Clay, Bandung, Indonesia.
1999.Art Forum, Bandung Indonesia.
2000.Kyoto Fiber Art Exhibition, Japan.
2001,Five Fiber Art Artist Exhibition, Lontar Gallery, Jakarta,Indonesia.
2001.Art and Craft Exhibition, Potsdam, Germany.
2002.Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia.
2003.Mapping Asia Exhibition, Taiwan
2004.Fiber Art Exhibition, Bentara Budaya Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
2005,Fiber Art Exhibition, Kita Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia.
2007,The 5th Asia Fiber Art Exhibition, Okinawa, Japan
2007, The World Trienalle Fiber Art, Poland
2008 Asian Fiber Art Exhibition, Bentara Budaya Gallery ,Jakarta
2009 Arts Exhibition, North Art Space, Jakarta
2010 The Reflection Of Indonesia Contemporary Art, Lawang Art, Bandung
2011 Fiber Art exhibition, Jogjakarta.
2012 Contemporary Craft Exhibition, National Gallery, Jakarta
2013 Contemporary Weaving Exhibition, China
2013 Painting On Silk ,Grassi Museum Berlin
2013 Solo Exhibition ,Royal Cun Lan Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
2013 Solo Exhibition ” Bentara Budaya Jakarta
2014 Painting on silk with hand embroidery, Tusk Gallery South Yarra Australia
2014 International Embroidery Art Exhibition , China
2014 KIAF13 Korea International Art Fair 2014, Korea
2014 Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Singapore
2015 Solo Exhibition, Lalanta Fine Art, Bangkok Thailand
2015 Affordable Art Fair New York, USA
2015 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
2015 Bazaar Art Jakarta
2015 Le salon de Lahd, London
2015 Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2016 Affordable Art Fair, New York
2016 Art 16, London
2016 Art Basel Miami USA
2017 Solo Exhibition at Hilton Bandung
2017 Solo Exhibition Creative Hub