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Wedha Pop Art Portrait (WPAP), Pop Art From Indonesia

Updated on December 13, 2012

Wedha Pop Art Picture Introduction

What do you think of when you look at various photos of famous people in pieces of varying color and artistic shapes? First may be we think it's weird and disharmony. But after a while we find that those pictures looks very artistic. Surely we want to know how to make it.

Yes, it was one of style of pop art portrait picture, which would have a strong resolution as a medium. In the USA, we know a famous pop art artist Andy Warhol's. And now in Indonesia we have a figure of pop art portrait that is very concerned to develop a community of art lovers of this pop art style, his name is Abdul Rashid Wedha, so that kind of pop art he created was given the name Wedha Pop Art Portrait (WPAP). And for that reason many artists in Indonesia honored Abdul Rashid Wedha or called Wedha with title "Father of Modern Illustrator in Indonesia"

John Lennon WPAP
John Lennon WPAP

What is Wedha Pop Art Portrait?

The Definition

Broadly speaking WPAP is human portrait illustration style (usually famous figures) dominated flat fields bloom color is placed in the front, middle, and back to cause dimension. Dimension itself formed from the imaginary lines firmly where the face shape, the position of the elements of the face member, and the proportions remain the same as the original portrait. Tracing the creative process used is not subject to 100 percent on what is on-trace.

The History

Wedha Abdul Rashid has worked as an illustrator in printed media since the 1970s to the present. Starting 1977, when he joined the Hai magazine , he made a lot of illustrations. On this magazine he worked on portraits of world leaders from all backgrounds: political figures, musicians, artists, through fictional characters.

Wedha Abdul Rashid (courtesy of

In about the year 1990-1991, Wedha illustrate the human face as a collection of flat areas formed by lines. This is thought due to lower visibility because of age who have reached 40 years old, so it is difficult to draw a face in a realistic and detailed. Wedha then try to picture cubism style illustration. He described the faces of the figures are arranged in a mosaic of color are broken up according to its facets. Not in the sense of Cubism but rather combine different colors to form the character depicted. Then the faces can be recognized worldwide as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Sting, Bono, Queen, to call it political figures JFK, Bung Karno, Indira Gandhi, Bhutto, Fidel Castro, Ahmadinejad. Also portrait Rendra, Slank, Jakob Oetama, John Lennon to Andy Warhol.

The Beatles (courtesy of

James Dean (courtesy of

In the manual process, he found an easy and getting easier and easier. But the easier way that he found, the more hesitant to say that what is produced is quite worth to be called a work of art. In fact, his work began to tune the reader, even on some occasions many world musicians admired his work. But still Wedha considers his work is to fulfill his duties as an illustrator. This feeling is not directly bound so widely publicized.

Linkin Park (courtesy of

This style was then growing and increasingly popular as part of the pop art style even up to the present. See the works of cubism style Wedha in pop art style. His works are not detailed, just a Cubist pieces with a harmonious blend of color, but is able to represent a character's face depicted very well.

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WPAP Photo Gallery

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World leader ini WPAPDEWA 19 in WPAPThe Beatles in WPAPAun San Su Ki in WPAPElvis Presley in WPAPMick Jagger in WPAPAgnes Monica in WPAPIwan Fals in WPAPSlank in WPAP
World leader ini WPAP
World leader ini WPAP
The Beatles in WPAP
The Beatles in WPAP
Aun San Su Ki in WPAP
Aun San Su Ki in WPAP
Elvis Presley in WPAP
Elvis Presley in WPAP
Mick Jagger in WPAP
Mick Jagger in WPAP
Agnes Monica in WPAP
Agnes Monica in WPAP
Iwan Fals in WPAP
Iwan Fals in WPAP
Slank in WPAP
Slank in WPAP
steve jobs wpap
steve jobs wpap

The Establishment of WPAP

Entering the year 2007, some acquaintances convinced Wedha that they are still loved and missed by the appearance of another work that he originally named Photo Marak Berkotak. The peak occurred on June 22, 2007, at which time it was a department head DKV Multimedia Nusantara University named Gumelar who accidentally encountered Wedha, said that he had crossed all over the world, it was the first time to see such works Wedha work and label this style as Wedha style. In fact, he is obliged to extend this WPAP style (which is said to be a breakthrough) to everyone, so it can be continued and developed by others .

Since then Wedha start eager to spread the work and the way of making this WPAP. Until finally in 2009 was born the Community WPAP or better known as WPAP Community, which proved popular and crazy by many illustrators or designers in Indonesia, and encourage them to make more and more WPAP work.

WPAP that were once only exhibit and sell Wedha's private work , since 2010 managed to sell his works at the Java Jazz Festival until 2012, in which then exhibited and sold not just work remains Wedha also works WPAP community members such as Mas Itock Soekarso , Sungging Priyanto, Gunawan, Ronnie, Revelation, etc.. Until now WPAP growing communities in various cities in Indonesia.

Jimmy Hendrix(courtesy of

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