Muhamad Irfan
(b. 1972 in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia)

Muhamad Irfan studied painting at the Indonesia Institute of Fine Arts in the 1990s where he was a founding member of the influential Jendela Art Group. Since that time, Irfan has worked independently in a variety of media, including painting, sculptures and constructions. Yet in every work, the artist seeks — and almost always attains — a kind of technical perfection in which one discerns a level of deliberation and meticulous calculation that borders on engineering and craft. What gives Irfan’s art its unique power is the fusion of this technical virtuosity with a kind of visual framing that imparts a particular, philosophical point of view. Over the last few years, Irfan has focused on creating detailed depictions of bridges, railroad tracks, locomotives, airplanes — manufactured, objective, unemotional structures which are yet fraught with complex subtexts of departure or homecoming, motion or stasis, travel or displacement, reunion or separation.

Has been with Sin Sin Fine Art since 2008.

EXHIBITION HISTORY    •    Full CV in PDF







MUHAMAD IRFAN
photo by ©Sin Sin Man  

Artworks

MUHAMAD IRFAN Top Secret iron,stainless steel 39 x 30 x 35 cm | 2013 in 10 Years After | 13 Sep - 31 Oct 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN Top Secret iron,stainless steel 39 x 30 x 35 cm | 2013 in REACH @ ArtBasel HK | 23 May - 23 Jun 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN Alat Bantu #2 acrylic on canvas 170 x 250 cm | 2013 in REACH @ ArtBasel HK | 23 May - 23 Jun 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN Strong mixed-media on canvas 225 x 300 cm | 2013 in REACH @ ArtBasel HK | 23 May - 23 Jun 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN Jembatan acrylic on canvas 180 x 300 cm | 2013 in REACH @ ArtBasel HK | 23 May - 23 Jun 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN Gerbang acrylic on canvas 170 x 250 cm | 2013 in REACH @ ArtBasel HK | 23 May - 23 Jun 2013 | a group exhibition
MUHAMAD IRFAN The Color of Right mixed-media on canvas 175 x 225 cm | 2012 in Earthly Evocations: Indonesian Art Now | 17 May - 17 Jun 2012 | a group exhibition
Time & Motion mixed-media on canvas 170 x 220 cm | 2012 in Earthly Evocations: Indonesian Art Now | 17 May - 17 Jun 2012 | a group exhibition