R.E. Hartanto is an Indonesian artist who currently lives and works in Bandung. His portraits capture vivid facial expressions of his subjects - some are locked in cryptic suspicion while others are in a state of shock at unknown sources from beyond the drawing board. Underlying these unsettled portrayals is the artist’s reflection on disconnection in contemporary society which triggers and perpetuates these anxieties.

Hartanto was one of three artists featured in the BMW Young Artists Series III. At STPI, the artists were given the opportunity to explore the print medium and further expand their creative boundaries and produce works that none otherwise could had been achieved alone.“This series has become a springboard for young artists who are going to shape and prescribe the future of contemporary art in Asia,” said Emi Eu, Director, STPI. Chief Curator, Heman Chong adds, “This project steered by co-curators Joselina Cruz and Agung Jennong spanned different geographies and nationalities expanding the creative merits of BMW YAAS.”

BMW Asia is an active partner in the Singapore government’s efforts to build and nurture a design industry here. Its generous sponsorship and support gave STPI full confidence to forge ahead with this project and help young artists achieve the breakthrough they are looking for. Artists were given free reign to exercise their imagination and explore printmaking as a powerful means of projecting their ideas and visions – as encapsulated in this exhibition.

“Over the past 40 years, BMW has always been supportive towards the sponsorship of cultural programs ranging from architecture and design, classical music and jazz, and most of all, contemporary art. We are pleased to have been able to support Asian artists over the past six years through the BMW Young Asian Artists Series, which has uncovered countless talented artists during this time,” said Mr Sethipong Anutarasoti, Corporate Affairs Director, BMW Group Asia.