Initially developed by one of the premier illustrators of Indonesia, Wedha Abdul Rashid, known as "The Father of Enlightenment in Indonesia", WPAP Art is made using straight lines and sharp, vibrant, contrasting fills.
Wedha Abdul Rashid has worked as an illustrator for the press industry since the 1970s, developing portraits of important figures from all backgrounds: politicians, musicians, artists, and fictional characters.
In the early 90's, Wedha started to illustrate faces formed by single lines and strong colors, inspired by the cubist style. He then proceeded to draw these faces according to true dimensions, using a mosaic of colors .
His work includes famous faces such as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Sting, Bono, as well as famous political figures such as JFK, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Fidel Castro, Ahmadinejad, and others.
In the U.S., Andy Warhol might be the most famous pop artist. And Wedha Abdul Rashid proved that other parts of the world can also dive into similar styles. Thanks to Wedha, many artists in Indonesia have followed in his artistic footsteps:
"I believe that visual pop art is more and more part of the Indonesian society and the Indonesian people can engage further with the creation of pop art as it is a way to make Art in a sense of inclusion, in which everyone can participate. So far I've seen the pop art being assigned only to artists from Europe and America. Now, it's time for Indonesian artists to showcase their art pop," said Wedha.
Check out some of Wedha's work as well as pieces from other artists who follow the Indonesian's style:
Here's a tutorial about how to create a WPAP artwork: