Jumaadi received his MA (2008) and BFA (2001) from the National Art School Sydney, Australia with a major in painting. He works between his two studios in Sydney and Yogyakarta, Indonesia; as well as participating in a range of residency programs around Australia and overseas. Jumaadi is a multi disciplinary artist working in medium ranging from small, poetic gouache on paper to large scale drawings which can exceed 3 x 20 metres. His paintings are mixed media [water, acrylic and oil etc.] executed on plywood, timber, cloth, canvas and buffalo hide. Jumaadiis also recognised for his sculptural works in wood and metal. In addition, his installations and performance works, have been exhibited [performed] at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; the Moscow Biennale, Russia; the David Robert Foundation, London; the Hasley Institute of Contemporary Art, South Carolina; Singapore and Indonesia. Jumaadi’s works are in private and institutional collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Art Gallery of NSW, regional and state galleries throughout Australia. Jumaadi was born and raised in a small village surrounded by rice fields, bamboo and mangrove forests in East Java, Indonesia. The village plays an integral part in the creation of his artwork evolving and becoming entangled with the dry Australian landscape which has been home for the past 25 years. Both places are important in Jumaadi’s interpretation and depiction of the landscape which appears familiar yet odd, amusing yet disconcerting, and demands interrogation-being at once ominous and calm. Some works portray an overabundance of love, depicting an intimacy which almost borders on separation, a sense of joy that is close to exile. There is a sense of emptiness that repeats itself, like lyrics or poems in drawing that are recognisable but blurred, like old memories that surface and are buried again. The ever present village of his birth, which has undergone rapid change and is now engulfed by the encroaching urban sprawl, is language and metaphor, a gateway and window to the worlds he creates in his works and daily life. Scenes of rain and drizzle in the outback depict the gentleness and majesty of still and desolate nature. It is the confluence of Jumaadi’s early life and current circumstance that continue to inform and give reference to his work. Jumaadi is represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.