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Media Release


June 23, 2010

"Little Obama" Paintings Exhibition is part of the programs "Celebrating Obama's Homecoming" initiated by Damien Dematra and the showing is still carried on despite the postponement of Obama's visit to Indonesia.

On the third sole exhibition held in Dharmawangsa Square on 23rd of June 2010, at around 3 o'clock, Jaya Suprana, senior artist and chairman of Indonesia World Record Museum (MURI), and dozens of national and international journalists watch Damien's attempt to create a national record of making the fastest painting. At first, the artwork is expected to finish around 15-20 minutes, but he managed to paint in canvas 80x100 centimetres in 9 minutes and 31 seconds. Jaya Suprana then decided that he has made a world record of making a complete painting.
The creation is named "Obama on Becak" by the painter and is painted in yellow, red, blue, and raw amber color with brush, pallet knife, and his fingers.

Damien Dematra paintings would be displayed in Dharmawangsa Square until 16 July 2010. This range exhibitions are started in State Elementary School 01 Menteng on 16th June 2010. On this venue, one of the paintings has been presented to the DCM of US Embassy in Indonesia and it is confirmed to be accepted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in White House soon.
For art and humanity, The Jakarta Arts Centre works together with Lupus Foundation and Damien Dematra to display Damien's paintings from 18 to 20 June 2010. The exhibition is opened by Raam Punjabi (President Director of Multivision Plus).
The exhibition would be held further in the Ballroom of Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta from 17-30 July 2010, and on that venue, 14 of Little Obama's paintings would be auctioned to help people living with Lupus through Lupus Foundation.

About Painter Damien Dematra

In 2005-2006, Damien was entering a state of "wild exploration in the painting's world" and he managed to produce 365 paintings in mixed styles and do more than 1000 sketches in one year. This "crazy phase" ended after Damien found a new passion for writing and film making.
In the first quarter of 2010, his heart churned when he faced rejections from several painters to take part in the program "Celebrating Obama's Homecoming". He, then, decided to jump in and paint again after considering the benefit for Lupus Foundation as well as to welcome Obama's visit.
Damien Dematra's rebellion and ache for freedom in creativeness has made him produces several styles in this exhibition: 10 expressionist paintings, 10 pop art paintings, and 10 minimalist paintings (white on white). There are also 12 additional paintings by Damien Dematra on several styles, including 3 new paintings about World Cup, besides paintings that have been exhibited in State Elementary School 01 Menteng on 16 June 2010.
Realistic factor is intentionally avoided for dynamic purpose in his artworks. Moreover, the real realism from Little Obama would be brought out through cinematography in Little Obama movie.

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Jaya Suprana draws few first lines as part of the ceremony



Darmawangsa Square

Jakarta, June 23,  2010

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Damien Dematra, Jaya Suprana, Hasan Faruq (Main Cast of Little Obama) in the paintings exhibitions of Little Obama at Darmawangsa Square

Jaya Suprana Write on the new record time

Damien Dematra

Jaya Suprana, Hasan Faruq, and Damien Dematra

Damien Dematra and Jaya Suprana

Damien Dematra and Jaya Suprana
Damien Dematra being interviewed by local television
Damien Dematra melukis
Damien Dematra with Hasan Main cast of Little Obama, Jaya Suprana and  Dian ( Indonesian Lupus Foundation)
Damien Dematra Painting
People pose in front of the paintings


Damien Dematra Painting