A family member of Indonesian artist Jeihan Sukmantoro presents the painting 'Tafakur in Musdalifah' to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javar Zarif, left, accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, center, at the Jakarta Convention Centre in Senayan on Monday (07/03). (JG Photo/Eko Prasetyo)

Indonesian Painter Presents Iran With Painting Conveying Message of Peace

BY :EKO PRASETYO

MARCH 07, 2016

Jakarta. Renowned Indonesian artist Jeihan Sukmantoro has presented a painting to the Iranian government to convey a message of peace and solidarity amidst the challenges in the Middle East.

The painting titled "Tafakur at Musdalifah" represents the stars shining above the earth.

However, due to Jeihan's condition a family member, accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, handed the painting over to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javar Zarif on the sidelines of the Fifth Extraordinary Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds at the Jakarta Convention Centre in Senayan on Monday (07/03).

During a discussion on the meaning of the painting, the Iranian foreign minister expressed his country’s gratitude towards Jeihan, while Retno described it as a symbol of friendship between Indonesia and Iran.

"The painting Jeihan gave to Iran is a symbol of the friendship between our two countries, and it is also Indonesia's hope that Iran will maintain peace and stability," Retno said before leaving the premises.

Jeihan, who was born in Solo, Central Java, on Sept. 26, 1938, is one of Indonesia's most famous painters. His style of painting has a distinctive figurative character, where almost all human objects are painted with black eyes. He also chooses to use plain, simple colors.

Philosophically, Jeihan combines the Eastern mystical world with the analytic realm of the West. He has held over 50 solo exhibitions domestically and internationally.

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