Major Colours and Dappled Textures Give Muhammad Fatchurofi’s Illustrations a Trippy, Nostalgic Really feel — Colossal

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January 26, 2024

Grace Ebert

“Leap.” All pictures © Muhammad Fatchurofi, shared with permission

Semarang, Indonesia-based artist Muhammad Fatchurofi interprets the dappled, grainy textures of the printing press into his vivid illustrations. Whether or not sketching on paper or digitally, Fatchurofi gravitates towards surreal, mind-bending scenes tinged with nostalgia that he renders in vivid, daring shades of main colours. In a single work, a cairn sandwiches a seated inexperienced determine between the stones, whereas one other includes a purple koi fish leaping from a rippling blue web page. “For me, these primary colours give a way of boldness, vibrant, filled with power,” he says.

Fatchurofi works with a protracted checklist of editorial and business purchasers, together with The New York Occasions, Google, and Bandcamp, which he balances with private initiatives. He likens his follow to journaling, explaining:

I’m desirous about utilizing illustration as a aware means of documenting ideas, pursuits, and experiences in my each day life. Inside this follow, I attempt to replicate on my ideas and experiences in a extra optimistic outlook and to study one thing from it. The result’s usually described by my viewers as peaceable and calming.

Fatchurofi is at present engaged on a collection of acrylic work he plans to exhibit later this yr and including extra limited-edition prints to his store. Comply with his work on Instagram.


a green figure is sandwiched between a stack of stones in a body of water with a red backdrop

“Life is Onerous”

two figurative silhouettes in blue with a white grid, facing each other, flowers growing from the figure on the left to the right with yellow butterflies on the left figure's head


a flower grows from a slice of watermelon with flames near its base


a figure sleeps at the bottom, then crouches over a seedling, then stands among plants, and finally rises at the top to white flowers


stacks of thin masks of faces in blue, green, and red tower over a tiny red figure walking through them


a green figure fades to the left as it peers through the doorway to a blue world with similar figures doing the same


A hummingbird with a beak in a red flower. it's body drips into a yellow puddle at the bottom of the composition that takes the shape of a figurative silhouette


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