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Humans of Eumundi - Imron Abdul


Every sculpture tells a story.

Whether it’s a decorative garden sculpture or Michelangelo’s David, the story behind the artwork starts from the sculptor.

For sculptor Imron Abdul, his work reflects different chapters of his life… and Imron says the story is far from complete.

“My current Indonesian-inspired work reflects my early years, because that’s what I know and have grown up with,” Imron said. “But it’s just a stepping stone to what I want to create next. I’ve been doing lots of travel and embracing different cultures around the world – and I think that will show in my future pieces.”

Born and bred in Java, Imron was surrounded by traditional Indonesian art and culture from the beginning. His mother worked in embroidery and his father in calligraphy, so Imron got into arts and crafts at a very early age.

After graduating with a fine-arts degree in the early 80s, Imron went on to teach art in Java. With Bali a short ferry away, Imron would often escape to the island for artistic inspiration. By 1989, he officially settled in Bali and started to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

“Back then, Bali was absolute paradise,” Imron explained. “It still is beautiful, but it was much more laid back and exotic in the 80s. There were many more traditional ceremonies, and something new and exciting at every corner.”

Not only did Imron find his calling in Bali – to create sculptures - but he also found love.

Imron met Australian girl, Kerry, and the pair decided to move back to Kerry’s hometown on the Sunshine Coast in 1993. Six months later, they got married.

Changing location put an earthy twist to Imron’s work, and started a new chapter of his sculptures.

“The inspiration I get from Australia is fantastic. It’s untouched beauty, and spacious landscapes have influenced my art. My Indonesian pieces now have a more raw and organic feel to them – compared to traditional Indonesian art, which is full of colour. I think it reflects this chapter of my life living in Australia and it keeps my work unique.”

Despite having to learn a new language, Imron said he didn’t struggle adapting to the Australian culture and way of life. Despite the contrast from South East Asia to the Western world, Imron said he has always been open to embracing different cultures and trying new artistic styles.

“I’ve done a lot of travel, and that’s where I find artistic inspiration,” he said. “Last year I went on four trips, and I picked up some exciting new styles to try.”

“I have a very big goal. I sculpt Indonesian-style because that’s what I know… but I have plans to do more European-inspired works of art.”

Well, it appears a new chapter to Imron’s work is on the way, with many more beautiful stories from around the world waiting to be sculpted.


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