Meet Artist Dey Irfan Adianto

 

Austere //

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Dey Irfan Adianto //

I’m Dey Irfan, I’m 25 , Indonesian and currently staying in Bandung, Indonesia. I love where I’m living currently, this is a nice town. It’s also where I was first exposed to the whole world of art and design. Had I not moved here with my family years ago, I probably wouldn’t be doing art and would live a very different life.

 

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Why do you make art?

DI

Mostly to channel my OCD. Partly to make something nice. Partly to entertain people. Partly to pour my heart out. Partly to make money. And also because I think it’s pretty cool. It’s like a cocktail of reasons, there isn’t a single one that lead me into doing this.

 

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What do you think of your work?

DI

It’s like breeding puppies, you want to keep them all but you know you can’t. They’re like an extension of me so I would want to make something really well made. I’ve been trying to approach my work like a craftsman, like a boat builder or a dress maker. The details have to be sound because people are gonna pay close attention to them. And I’ve only adopted this kind of attitude just recently. Back when I was in school it was just visuals, until some details kind of fell apart, so I got my act together and never looked back. It’s more work and a bit more money to invest, but it’s worth it.

 

 

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What’s your favorite piece or series you’ve ever done?

DI

The latest series, The Reserve, turned out pretty well. I really liked it so I’m gonna continue it next January. I like my Natura series too, especially “To Him We Shall Return”. I have many [favorites and] I think I like almost all of them. Almost.

 

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Who/what are you inspired by?

DI

Other artists definitely. But lately it’s been the young ones who really speak to me, especially the local ones. From America it’s James Jean and Jacob van Loon; they influence my work a lot. From Indonesia it’s Roby Dwi Antono, Agung Prabowo, Sunaryo, and Muklay. I know their work is really different than mine, but they all have really good work ethic and I want to achieve that degree of dedication in the future.

 

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What (if anything) do you want your art to accomplish?

DI

With my landscape works, I just want viewers to be calmed, to just chill and ruminate. But I’ve been planning on creating more socially-conscious works next year, especially responding to LGBT issues. I’m ready to start being critical with my work.

 

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What would you choose for your last meal?

DI

Carl’s Jr. Low Carb Thick Burger, a large size fries without salt, a big bowl of fresh salsa and iced water.

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Is there anything else you’d like to add?

DI

Don’t underestimate your hobbie, no matter how stupid they seem to you. Get serious with them. You never know when they’re gonna bring the right people into your life.

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