|Ben Quilty during his eulogy. Photo: Adam Taylor|
|Myuran Sukumaran's coffin enters the service. Photo: James Brickwood|
Fellow Bali nine members Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman will take over the enterprise in Bali’s Kerobokan prison.
|Ben Quilty, Australian artist and mentor to Myuran addressing the congregation.|
Photo: James Brickwood
At the Sydney funeral to farewell the reformed drug smuggler on Saturday, the Archibald Prize-winning painter revealed his close friend had received "angry and abusive" letters right up to the day of his execution on Nusakambangan penal island in Indonesia.
Mr Quilty, standing beside five of Sukumaran's haunting paintings, said it was hard to digest the posts and tweets on social media critical of the two men who worked to help others.
"Many Australians - I have to be honest - mostly men, completely devoid of any compassion. But if they had spent one hour with Myuran Sukumaran, I challenge any of them to continue their self-righteous and cruel tirade, for Myuran paved a way that contradicts the simplistic persona that they portray," he said.
He also hit back at media commentators who labelled him a "hypocrite" for supporting Sukumaran.
In January, media personality Derryn Hinch said celebrities involved in the campaign to support the pair on death row were hypocritical for only opposing the death penalty when it was used against Australians.
"He said I should be working on all death penalty cases, and not just one. But Myuran was my friend and I wasn't going to let Myuran walk onto a green field in the dark and face a firing squad, while people like that radio announcer couldn't even name Myuran's name correctly," he said.
He said that the public should accept the reality that young men often made "terrible, self-indulgent, dangerous" mistakes, at times, in an "awkward, rudderless, coming-of-age ritual". But in accepting this reality, the community should strive to understand boys and men better, providing guidance, mentoring, and inspiration.
|"Self-portrait after our new arrivals, A Bad Sleep|
Last Night" by Myuran Sukumaran, April 25, 2015
Nusa Kambangan Island, RI
Mr Quilty also slammed the Australian government, saying: "I have profound questions about our government calling for the death penalty for citizens of other countries. It is not alright for us to call for the death penalty for anyone, anywhere, ever."
Mr Quilty shared how both men turned their lives around and transformed the prison community. Sukumaran's art classes were the first gatherings in the history of the prison where men and women could interact.
When Quilty gave $500 cash to Sukumaran for a painting, he was astonished that his friend gave it all away to the art students who needed it more than him.
At the end of the speech, Mr Quilty described Sukumaran's last artworks as the most potent and powerful, anti-death penalty images the world has seen in a long time.
"Those paintings were not only images of salvation. Knowing Myuran, they were images to steer the world from the revolting barbarism that has overwhelmed Indonesian politics, and back to compassion," he said.
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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Esther Han, May 9, 2015
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