The portrait of “Jokowi” is one of the his greatest masterpieces to date.
According to Fairfax Media, Sukumaran started the piece after his clemency hearing was rejected in January, as a way to express his feelings and cope with the bad news.
He signed the portrait with the powerful words “people can change”.
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“Painting is his refuge. After he painted this image, he returned to teaching his painting classes in Kerobokan, which have helped so many other prisoners. It was an important step for Myuran,” a family friend told Fairfax Media.
The portrait, depicting Widodo looking off into the distance, is inscribed with one poignant message to the President: “People can change.”
The piece was completed on January 23, and is titled ‘Jokowi’ — the Indonesian President’s nickname.
Prior to his transfer to Execution Island, Sukumaran was running painting classes for other inmates in Kerobokan prison.
Australian artist Ben Quilty, who has acted as a mentor to Sukumaran, has previously praised his student’s abilities.
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