Hatta Rajasa & Tjatur Sapto Edy, Kader PAN, Bersama No. 8 Progress Selalu ,

Hatta Rajasa & Tjatur Sapto Edy, Kader PAN, Bersama No. 8 Progress Selalu ,
Hatta Rajasa & Tjatur Sapto Edy, Kader PAN, Bersama No. 8 Progress Selalu (dlm Desy Ratnasari, MSi, DR. Marissa Haque, Ahmad. Z. Ikang Fawzi, MBA)

"Panggila Jiwa" (Lagu Fav-ku by Ikang Fawzi & Chandra Darusman)

Ikang Fawzi & Chandra Darusman: Kompaknya Dua Anak Deplu Alumni UI (Universitas Indonesia/ILUNI), 1982

Rabu, 03 Oktober 2012

“Basu Swastha Dharmmesta: Making Batik and Marketing It (dalam Marissa Haque Ikang Fawzi)”

Sumber: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/03/basu-swastha-dharmmestha-making-batik-and-marketing-it.html
(JP/Slamet Susanto)
(JP/Slamet Susanto)

Professors of economics with marketing expertise can be found at various universities, but economists engaged in the art of batik painting are rare. Among the few is Basu Swastha Dharmmestha.

Combining marketing and art is what the man with an MBA who is a marketing lecturer at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta has been doing.

Having learned to draw during childhood, in his high school years Basu also practiced batik painting while apprenticed with Javanese dance maestro and batik artist Bagong Kussudiardjo in his workshop in Yogyakarta.

Basu continued to paint with his first work, Burung Hantu (Owl), produced in 1968, followed by Keburukan vs Kebaikan (Evil vs Virtue, 1973), Ikan (Fish, 1980) and Dua Prajurit Pandawa (Two Pandava Soldiers, 1985).

From 1985 to 2010, Basu went on hiatus from painting to focus on teaching.

“In 2010, I visited an exhibition at the Jogja Expo Center (JEC). I was given a canvas to paint. Since then I’ve started batik painting again,” he said. Now with his hundreds of batik works, Basu hopes that through pictures, batik — already recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage item — will become even more popular around the world.

The demise of batik figures in Yogyakarta such as Bambang Utoro, Bagong Kussudiardjo and Amri Yahya has further motivated him. “I want to keep learning and painting to succeed the batik specialists, especially after the passing of Amri Yahya,” said Basu.

Basu avoids being trapped in certain batik design schools. His paintings constitute a blend of contemporary, naturalistic and abstract elements, all in a decorative style.

Through batik images, Basu also wishes to convey a message of peace. His fish motifs, for instance, depict the dynamic sea animals’ ability to adapt rapidly.

“Conflict is unnecessary. Adapting ourselves to current conditions and the world is something beautiful. It’s the philosophy of my fish patterns,” said the father of four.

Apart from fish, Basu also has adopted many wayang (shadow puppet) characters, particularly the Pandava brothers of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. With their lofty values, wayang figures are also seen as compatible with the science of marketing.

“We should identify our consumers. Europeans are fond of ethnic objects and wayang designs are ethnic in nature,” he said. Without a doubt, his wayang canvases are being collected by his overseas friends and foreign tourists.

“Such works will further globalize batik while communicating the noble values of wayang and the high integrity of the Pandavas as models of excellent conduct,” he said.

Basu shares his artistic talent with his family, related by blood to the late distinguished choreographer and batik painter Bagong Kussudiardjo.

To mark his return to the art world, Basu held a solo exhibition at the Koesnadi Hardjasumantri Cultural Center at UGM recently, displaying 54 works from 1968 to 2012 under the theme “The awakening of batik painting to make the world worth living”.

A book, Batik Lukis Basu SD (Batik Paintings of Basu SD), written by artists Marissa Haque and Meta Ayu Thereskova, was also launched at the event.

“I’m very interested in his work and feel grateful for participating in the efforts of Basu Swastha, an economist who combines marketing science and art,” Marissa said.

Today, the professor divides his time between teaching and art. “I have my family’s support. After retirement I’m going to be focusing on the art of batik painting and make batik even more famous the world over,” he said.

“Basu Swastha Dharmmesta: Making Batik and Marketing It (dalam Marissa Haque Ikang Fawzi)”