Bali art world personalities: meet Ruth Onduko

                                                   Ruth Onduko   The 2008 GFC (global final crisis) spelt disaster for the Bali art world. The Indonesian art market after a record boom went to bust with collector’s buying immediately slowing, galleries around the island closed, while others wound down their activities. The woes continued with a decrease in tourism and smaller holiday … Continue reading Bali art world personalities: meet Ruth Onduko

Swedish Artist Richard Winkler at Home in Bali

                             Richard Winkler at work in his Sanur studio Swedish artist Richard Winkler’s creative development charts a course that isn’t unlike others who have settled in Bali. He has, however succeeded in doing what few foreign artists in Indonesia can do.  Art lovers and collectors quickly recognized Winkler’s talent and he created a niche within … Continue reading Swedish Artist Richard Winkler at Home in Bali

The future of Art Jakarta and other art fairs?

The May cancellation of Art Jakarta, Indonesia’s premier art fair scheduled  28-30 August 2020 at JCC Senayan, came as no surprise to the regional art world. 2020 initially spelt disaster for international art fairs. The disruption began in Asia with the social unrest in Hong Kong and then the dramatic impact of COVID19. The most … Continue reading The future of Art Jakarta and other art fairs?

positive 2020 developments on the Bali art & cultural landscape

Exciting additions to the Bali art and cultural infrastructure in Mas, Ubud: Bersama Alternative Space, Njana Tilem Museum, Black Hand Gang & Titik Dua. The unravelling of global socio-political and economic events defines 2020 as the most extraordinary in modern history. Meanwhile, Bali’s tourism sector is in crisis due to the closing of international borders … Continue reading positive 2020 developments on the Bali art & cultural landscape

Retrospective exhibition celebrates Indonesia & Australia cultural relations

The popularity of art has risen during the COVID19 pandemic. Not only is art providing practical and therapuetical benefits to isolated people due to the lockdown measures, art is also creating opportunities to foster positive international cultural and political relations. The ‘Artists’ Camp Retrospective’, an exhibition of artworks and photographs made during two unique intercultural … Continue reading Retrospective exhibition celebrates Indonesia & Australia cultural relations

Art in a time of crisis: Indonesian artist Lee Man Fong’s ‘Bali Life’ invites reflection

We are currently witnessing an escalation of human conflict, corruption, greed, neglect, war and global disasters. Art becomes increasingly vital in this era, when the apocalypse seems to be at our very doorstep. Art educates and inspires, and prompts our imagination to assess things and circumstances in a new and alternative light. Art can destroy barriers that divide people and … Continue reading Art in a time of crisis: Indonesian artist Lee Man Fong’s ‘Bali Life’ invites reflection

“Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

When the Visa-on-Arrival into Bali was suspended 20 March at Denpasar airport, this confirmed how serious the Indonesian authorities considered the threat of Covid19 to health and safety of the island’s inhabitants. Seemingly, after weeks of speculation, they took severe measures which have destroyed the tourism economy and impacted on the Balinese, Indonesian and expatriate … Continue reading “Locked down” on the Paradise island Bali?

TiTian Art Foundation online exhibition supports Balinese marginalised by Covid19

Tiny eyes peer out from enigmatic, otherworldly creatures. Their contorted bodies, shimmering in colorful metallic hues, endowed with appendages that defy description. Fascinated, yet perplexed, I wonder what I am observing. Are these oddities types of oversized  micro-organisms that dwell deep inside of me, or aliens from a distant galaxy? I first discovered the fantastic … Continue reading TiTian Art Foundation online exhibition supports Balinese marginalised by Covid19

Indonesian mental health activist & artist Hana Madness talks about her COVID-19 lockdown experience

The Indonesian government’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic during recent months has determined the lives of millions of people. City dwellers throughout the country, and especially in Jakarta are experiencing enforced lockdowns and isolation. “Stay at home and save lives” has become the mantra that many have adopted.  Meanwhile, in the international media, the restrictions … Continue reading Indonesian mental health activist & artist Hana Madness talks about her COVID-19 lockdown experience

Balinese traditional practices fuse with contemporary ideas in Wayan Arnata’s beautiful fibrous artworks

Balinese artist Wayan Arnata first came to my attention in June 2013 in the landmark exhibition ‘Irony in Paradise’ by the collective Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) in Ubud, Bali.  ‘Nike Barong’ 2013, Arnata’s mixed media reflection upon the changing nature of the Balinese identity depicted the iconic … Continue reading Balinese traditional practices fuse with contemporary ideas in Wayan Arnata’s beautiful fibrous artworks

Previewing Larasati’s February 2020 ‘Traditional, Modern & Contemporary Art’ Auction in Ubud, Bali

Larasati Auctioneers of Jakarta in 2020 conduct their fourteenth consecutive year of presenting high-quality Balinese art for sale to the international market through its Ubud auctions. The upcoming 8 February sale ‘Traditional, Modern and Contemporary Art’ at the Larasati Art Space at Tebesaya Gallery features eighty-one lots in an array of painting styles. Good buys … Continue reading Previewing Larasati’s February 2020 ‘Traditional, Modern & Contemporary Art’ Auction in Ubud, Bali

Balinese artist Nyoman Wirdana’s spectacular kaleidoscope of colour and joy

Sophisticated, meticulous, vibrant and gorgeous – Balinese artist I Nyoman Wirdana’s paintings are a celebration of colour and joy. Within the sphere of Balinese painting, he has forged a distinct path with an artistic ‘voice’ that is immediately recognisable as his own. His pictures recount the mythical and mystical, drawing inspiration from the cosmos and … Continue reading Balinese artist Nyoman Wirdana’s spectacular kaleidoscope of colour and joy