Cover illustration for ‘Jakarta—History of a Misunderstood City’ by Herald Van Der Linde.
I once lived in Jakarta, so it’s good to have a picture on a book about it. The illustration used is part of a much longer pen and ink drawing I made a while back. Big thanks to Anita Teo @marshallcavendish.
This is a print of a long (83 x 12 inches) pen & ink drawing I made in 1998 for a book I wrote about Jakarta, but which was never used in the end. Drawn with a Rotring Isograph if you remember them. Great pens. If you’re into pens.
Terry Collins. For years, Terry was one of the tallest things you could find in Jakarta. I made this picture to celebrate his 30 years there. One morning, about a year later, I got an email saying Terry was dead. Then later still I heard they’d used this picture at his memorial service.
Drawing of Blok M from a window at Hotel Falatehan. “It’s no oil painting” as my friend Ian would say. It really isn’t. It’s monumentally ugly but I still love it. I worked here for three years in the 90s, and my son was born here too.
If you’d like to hear how Blok M sounds, you can listen here.
The last time I saw Bapak Made, he was pretty far gone from his dementia. He was in tatters. We hung out for a couple of hours, and he sang songs to me: Balinese and Javanese folk songs, plus ‘Love Me Tender’.