Monthly Archives: March 2016

Art Spaces in Bali

Cata Odata - "Distopia" Exhibition 2015 - Image Cata Odata                                                                       Cata Odata

When thinking of Bali’s premiere art and cultural destinations immediately the tourist mecca of Ubud springs to mind. For those treading the art map the well-known museums Puri Lukisan, Neka and ARMA (the Agung Rai Museum of Art) display fine collections of Balinese traditional art, along with some Indonesian modern and contemporary art.

Within the constantly evolving art landscape of Ubud, galleries and art spaces come and go. The post 2008 Indonesian art boom economics has taken its toll and has led to the closure of some big name fine art galleries in Bali. In recent years, however private and artist driven initiatives – art spaces – that operate outside of the commercial gallery model, have become ‘the’ essential art infrastructure behind the development of contemporary art on the island.

12565520_1028752623814501_5170390935646932665_n                                                                Ketemu Project Space

Attracting the non-commercial and experimental artists, thriving on dialogue and creativity, art spaces are plugged into social media (vital to the new paradigm of art organizations connecting them 24/7 to the global community, a bonus with the wealth of information available on the internet). You can check them out via Facebook or Instagram prior to your arrival and Google maps will help in finding the location. Two icons of Ubud must be mentioned, Sika Contemporary and Pranoto’s, here’s some recommendations………

Fifteen minutes north of Ubud, Jalan Sri Wedari, Junjungan, on the right side in the rice fields look for the big white installation “Not For Sale”. Balinese landowner, social activist, and artists Gede Sayur along with his friends established Luden House in 2009. Committed to art with a social and environmental conscience Luden began as an art space and gallery to support the development of contemporary art via exhibitions, workshops and events. “Not For Sale” evolved in 2010 in response to the alarming rate of Balinese agricultural land being sold for development and has since grown into a popular social movement, securing marking Luden House on the Bali map. When the Luden family are not organizing events, often for children, they are painting or creating art products from sustainable products and wearable’s to sell, with a percentage of sales going to local farmers associations.

Luden House Ubud - 'Not For Sale' + 'Sold Out' 2014, Image Richard Horstman                                                       Luden House and “Not For Sale”

Cata Odata in Penestanan introduces a new model of infrastructure to Bali combining artist and gallery management, residency programs, internships along with exhibitions and a community space for discussions and workshops. Born in 2014, the brainchild of two dedicated and hardworking East Javanese characters: Ratna Odata and Djunaidi Kenyut. Kenyut having many years experience as an exhibiting artist, and managing events and spaces in Bali and Surabaya. They promote Indonesian artists based in East Java and Bali while encouraging global connections and exchanges. Upcoming events include “Bare Journal #3” artist in residency program. This requires participating artists to create a daily journal, complete with their thoughts, ideas and sketches. These are then exhibited alongside their work to inspire deeper levels of connectivity between artists and the community, while granting insights into the machinations of the artists mind. Periodically they offer lodgings for those curious to know more about this young art space and its workings.

TiTian Art Space. Image by Richard Horstman                                                                        TiTian Art Space

The husband and wife team of Balinese artist Budi Agung Kuswara and Singaporean artist Samantha Tio drive Ketemu Project Space in Batu Bulan, 30 minutes south of Ubud. Dedicated to engaging a wider audience and individual sectors of the public arena, Ketemu embarks on large projects drawing upon their local, national and regional networks. Inviting artists and curators to participate in their artists in residency program Ketemu’s 2016 project, “Merayakan Murni” promises to be a landmark event. Celebrating Indonesia’s most important female artist Balinese painter I GAK Murniasih (1966-2006) who was instrumental in forging new thematic grounds in Balinese and Indonesian art. The project gathers artists and writers to create works in response to the legacy of Murni and will culminate in an exhibition in July.

Cata Odata Art Space "Distopia" Exhibition - Image by Cata Odata          Cata Odata during the opening of the exhibition “Distopia – 1000 Islands”

Launched 29 January 2016 in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the influential Pita Maha artists collective, the TiTian Bali Foundation is located at the TiTian Art Space in Jalan Bisma, Ubud. Driven by a revolutionary vision for Balinese art on the local and global stage, the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Yayasan TiTian Bali Soemantri Widagdo says, “TiTian Bali is being founded in an effort to “reframe” the potential of Balinese visual arts with the belief that in order to flourish they need to be integrated into a creative economy.” Aiming to be the premier hub for Balinese visual arts by 2021, Yayasan TiTian Bali is building a new eco system for Balinese art for the 21st Century through education and new pathways of engagement.

Ketemu Project Space - "Aja Presentation". Image courtesy of Ketemu                                                                 Ketemu Project Space

Fast Facts:

Cata Odata

Call: +6281212126096

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Located opposite the Pura Dalem temple in Penestanan Kelod, Ubud. Look for the big white building on the left. Featuring quarterly exhibitions and random feisty gatherings, the three level venue is always open and welcoming. Check out their online store of art products and wearable’s:

TiTian Bali Art Space

Call: +6282214400200

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Jalan Bisma #88, Ubud

Travel way down to the end of Jalan Bisma and look for an aqua blue building on the left side. This brand new facility is a work in progress, an experimental playground and global launch pad for young talented Balinese artists. Backed by local and international foundations with members whose experience is second to none. On display in the gallery is some of the finest Balinese traditional and contemporary art in on the island.

Ketemu Project Space

Contact: +6282144097060

Facebook: Ketemu Project Space

Instagram: ketemu_project_ space

Perumahan Taman Asri #3A
Batu Bulan, Gianyar

Head east 500 meters along Jalan Batuyang, on the right look for the entry to Perumahan Taman Asri. A savvy and professional team, with a compact and cosy facility. Regular events open to the public. Out to raise the bar in what’s possible within artist driven spaces in Bali.

Luden House

Call: +628122772137

Jalan Sri Wedari, Junjungan, Ubud.

Facebook: Ubud Luden House

Instagram: gede_sayur

A grassroots local art experience that brings social and environmental awareness to the fore. Regular events, big and small, a good time is always guaranteed. Look out for the soon to open Balinese warung with tasty local delicacies.



“Cruise Control Indonesian – Top End Artist’s Camp Exhibition”

Balinese artists Wayan Wirawan, Made Budhiana, Ni Nyman Sani with Australian Artist Rupert Betheras at the NCCA 23 Jan 2016, Image BudhianaWayan Wirawan, Made Budhiana, Nyoman Sani with  Australian artist Rupert Betheras

Few people, let alone Indonesian artists, have the opportunity to experience and engage in the remoteness, grandeur and soul of the landscape of the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. Traveling in the region not only requires commitment and preparation, yet also in certain cases, special permission from the authorities. Gaining the deepest insights into the character and wisdom of the environment is only possible along side the aboriginal people.

In June 2015 six Indonesian artists ventured from Denpasar to Darwin and then traversed an array of “outback” situations by car, plane, boat and on foot, stopping along the way to paint and sketch, during the 2015 Artist’s Camp. For five weeks Made Budhiana, Wayan Wirawan, Made Sudibia, Made ‘Dalbo’ Suarimbawa and Ni Nyoman Sani from Bali, and East Javanese artist Suryani were exposed to foreign lands and societies and delved creatively into new visual and conceptual territories. They visited and stayed with diverse aboriginal communities where they learned about the local cultures, while also painting with the local artists.

Made Budhiana. "In the Darkness of Night" Image M. O'Riordan                                 “In the Darkness of the Night”  –  Made Budhiana

Some of the fruits of this extraordinary engagement went on display in “Cruise Control Indonesian – Top End Artist’s Camp Exhibition” open 23 January until 13 February 2016 at the Northern Centre of Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Darwin.

Featuring works by the Indonesians, Australian painter Rupert Betheras, who accompanied part of the Artist’s Camp, and collaborations between Betheras, Budhiana and Aboriginal artist Lionel Possum, according to NCCA Director and organizer of the 2015 Artists Camp, Maurice O’Riordan, “The exhibition is hung more along the lines of a place, attempting to give a sense of the environment encountered by the artists, rather than a grouping of individual works.”

Suryani "Beswick-Darwin" Image M. O'Riordan                                                     “Beswick – Darwin”  –  Suryani

The biannual Artists Camp, which was first held in 2012 in the NT, and then with two subsequent Camps in Bali (2012 & 2014) is the initiative of Australian art lover Colin MacDonald and Made Budhiana, working with the NCCA, expanding upon the original modal of the Artists Camp that first began back in 1978.

Traveling as far as Alice Springs, 1,500 KMs south of Darwin, experiencing the shock of an outback desert winter, and across waters north to Melville Island, the Artist’s Camp was both a physical and metaphorical journey. The artists developed strong connections with the aboriginals whose culture is not unlike their own, being deeply rooted in the environment and the spiritual world, while similar universal cosmological views. The Balinese artist’s sensitivity to nuances of the physical and the non-physical worlds translated into potent intuitive works, confirming that despite the geographical and genetic differences involved, there are many similarities as well.

The Artists Camp was Wirawan’s second visit to the NT, his expressive works “Munupi” & “Pukumani Pipes” painted on Melville Island (where the artists were guests of the Tiwi Aboriginal community of Pirlangimpi) are evocative and moody. “I was inspired by the aura and mystery communicated by the Pukumani Pipes (burial poles) and the area in which they erected. How quiet and serene it was,” he said.

Artist Ni Nyoman Sani painting on location at Uluru. Image Made Budhiana                             Nyoman Sani painting on location at Uluru – Ayers Rock

This was Suryani’s first experience within the raw beauty and wilderness of the NT. “Beswick-Darwin” features red, green, blue and white dots pulsating upon a black background, capturing the primal essence of the environment. Renowned abstract painter Budhiana has visited the NT on several occasions, “In the Darkness of the Night” captures his nocturnal observations of the aboriginals and how at night the greater spirit of the people becomes evident. Sudibia and ‘Dalbo’ also contribute powerful semi abstract impressions of their experience, while Sudibia’s two “Untitled” renderings of people set amongst the landscape are outstanding.

Installations by Wirawan and Sani provide contrast to the sketches and mixed media works on canvas in “Cruise Control”. Wirawan’s “Buaya & Raganda” provides a light-hearted encounter in the meeting of two individual icons of Bali and the NT.    Sani, Bali’s most prominent, multi disciplined female artist, delved into music and photography, as well as painting while in the NT, yet her installation “Sound of the Heart “ reveals her imaginative depth and passion and for fashion design – a costume dripping with colorful acrylic paint creates an abstract composition on paper, positioned beneath on the gallery floor.

Wayan Wirawan "Honeymoon Gap". Image M. O'Riordan                                            “Honeymoon Gap”  –  Wayan Wirawan

The Indonesian Consul to Darwin Andre Siregar, and the Chief Minister of the NT Government Adam Gilies opened the exhibition. “My government is committed to a vibrant ongoing relationship with Indonesia,” Gilies said. “It is a relationship not built on trade alone, and the Artists’ Camp 2015 is part of our commitment. Art and cultural engagement is genuine and enduring engagement.”

The vision of the Artists Camp (sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank Indonesia, the Australia Indonesia Institute and Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs) is that in nine years time the Chief Minister of the NT, the Australian Prime Minister and the Indonesian President will open a touring exhibition at the Australian National Gallery that will include the first retrospective of the Australian Indonesian artists engagement.

Made Sudibia, Untitled. Image M. O'Riordan                                                     “Untitled”   –  Made Sudibia

Made Suarimbawa "Darwin" Image M. O'Riordan                                              “Darwin”  –  Made Suarimbawa

Budhiana painting on location at Kata Juta. Image Made Budhiana                                   Made Budhiana painting on location at Kata Juta

Instal detail with Sanis Sound of the Heart work                     Center Nyoman Sani’s installation “The Sound of the Heart”

Sudibia_Alice Springs                                                    “Alice Springs”  –   Made Sudibia

Instal detail with Wirawans The Icon work                                   “Buaya & Rangda”  –  Installation by Wayan Wirawan

Collaborative work Untitled           “Untitled”  –  Collaborative work by Budhiana, Betheras and Lionel Possum

Images courtesy of Made Budhiana & Maurice O’Riordan



















Larasati 10th Anniversary Balinese Modern Traditional & Contemporary Art Auction

Ida Bagus Made Poleng-"Tari Legong" Image couresty of Larasati                                           “Legong Dance” –  Ida Bagus Made Poleng

Larasati Auctioneers celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Balinese Modern Traditional & Contemporary Art auctions at Ubud’s Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) 28 February 2016. Emphasizing quality over quantity the 81 item birthday sale will feature a parade of beautiful works including sketches, watercolors, woodcarvings and paintings by “Old & Young” Balinese masters.

“Our intention was simple when we began promoting traditional Balinese art 10 years ago,” says CEO of Larasati Auctioneers Daniel Komala. “We wanted to revive the “dying” market.”

During the past decade, with two auctions per year in Ubud Larasati have opened up an international forum for the trade of high quality traditional Balinese works, especially paintings. “By introducing professionalism of an international standard that Bali had yet to experience in its art dealings Larasati has helped create a real, healthy market for traditional Balinese art.”

A.A Gede Anom Sukawati-"Tari Joged Bumbung". Image courtesy of Larasati                                     “Tari Joged Bumbung”  –  A.A Gede Anom Sukawati

One of the many highlights of the February 28 auction is Lot #40 “Tari Joged Bumbung”, 2008, acrylic on canvas by A.A. Gede Anom Sukawati (1966 Ubud). Anom Sukawati is an artist from a great lineage with unique talent in constructing compositions, matched with excellent colorist skills. His attention to detail upon the costumes of dancers, accentuating movement, his choice of, and positioning of color creating powerful contrasts, are his trademarks. This is a captivating, highly calculated work pulsating with visual rhythm.   Priced between Rp. 80,000,000 – 120,000,000 is a low estimate.

Ida Bagus Made Poleng (1915-1999 Tebesaya), a master from the influential 1936 Pita Maha Artists collective, is arguably the most talented Balinese painter of the 20th century. Lot #80 “Legong Dance”, estimated at Rp.850,000,000 features on the rear cover of the 2008 Musuem Puri Lukisan 50th anniversary catalogue “Ida Bagus Made – The Art of Devotion”. A “rounded” composition of exceptional quality with good, balanced coloration, such works are rarely available on the market.

Lot # 79,“The Witch and the Servant”, an ink sketch on paper by Bali’s greatest modern artists, Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978) is priced at a low estimate of Rp. 130,000,000 – 170,000,000. The sketch is beautifully framed two demons in the bottom corners observing and functioning as commentators, while the trees at the top complete the framework to surround the central characters and perfectly balance the composition.

Gusti Nyoman Lempad, "The Witch and the Servant" Ink on paper.  Image courtesy of Larasati                              “The Witch and the Servant” –  Gusti Nyoman Lempad

The finest woodcarver from the village of Mas, Ida Bagus Nyana (1912-1985) was the first to depart from the popular elongated figurative style and created works characterized by their plump mass. Most of these feature figures squatting or sitting, however Lot # 77, “Blissfully Sleeping” is a fluid reclining figure with legs that disappear downwards. Rich in warm brown tones this excellent and rare find has an estimated price between Rp. 270,000,000 – 350,000,000.

Larasati’s first auction in Ubud at the Maya Resort in 2006 debuted Ubud painter Made Sukada (1945-1982) who has now become a highly sought after artist. Lot #81 “Boy With Bamboo Stick”, 90 x 70cm, tempura on canvas is reasonably estimated between Rp.80,000,000 –120,000,000.  Close inspection reveals Sukada’s extraordinary commitment to detail with the fine speckled gradations of color creating wonderful skin tones. The delicate figurative form reveals the influences of the renowned Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978).

Soft blue grey tones with highlights of white are the trademark colours of the “Pengosekan Style” and are beautifully featured in Lot #78 Triwikrama” by Gusti Ketut Kobot (1917-1999 Pengosekan), another master of the PitaMaha. At a low estimate price between Rp. 70,000,000 – 100,000,000, if purchased between this estimate represents excellent buying.

Idi Bagus Njana."Blissfully Sleeping".  Image courtesy Larasati                                   “Blissfully Sleeping”  –  Ida Bagus Nyana

Another fine work with a low estimate price of between Rp. 38,000,000 – 48,000,000, is Lot #38 “Arja Dance” by Wayan Sudana (1966 Peliatan). This is a beautiful and daring composition featuring the lead dancer as the focus of attention of the 4 other dancers. The foreground and the background of the painting, however seem to reflect two differing worlds causing a sense of disconnection and disruption of visual rhythms. Dark and moody, yet incredibly detailed Lot #39 “Pementasan Calon Arang” an early work by Ida Bagus Putu Sena (b.1966 Ubud), however is estimated high at Rp. 150,000,000 – 200,000,000.

A number of other works available by sought after deceased artists include Lot #24 by Tjokorda Oka Gambir (1902-1975 Peliatan), Lot #22 & 23 by Made Djata (1913-2001 Batuan), Lot# 14 by I.B Nyoman Rai (1915-2000 Sanur), Lot# 73 by I.B Made Nadera (1915-1998 Tegallalang), Lot #75 by I.B Made Togog (1913-1989) and Lot#76 by I.B Made Wija (1912-1992) two of the foremost painters from Batuan. Of the living artists renowned for their skills are Lot # 25 by Ketut Madra (1946 Peliatan), Lot # 26 & 27 by Dewa Nyoman Jati (1940 Ubud) and Lot #28 by Wayan Sadia (1939 Penestanan).

Works in the modern and contemporary genres of interest are Lot #60 by Nyoman Gunarsa “Bima Kroda”, an unusual and very strong composition by the influential artist and art teacher, priced between Rp. 80,000,000 – 120,000,000, Lot # 13 & 62 by Dewa Putu Mokoh, (1936-2010 Pengosekan) and works by artists Chusin Setiadikara, Krijono and Huang Fong.

Made Sukada "Boy With Bamboo Stick". Image courtesy of Larasati.                                             “Boy With Bamboo Stick”  –  Made Sukada

“We believe that our 10th anniversary collection is the best to date to be offered in the market,” says Daniel, who considers promoting art as a never-ending marathon. “Today I’m proud to say that in our ten years Larasati has achieved well beyond our expectations.”

Art experts perceive that the Balinese Modern Traditional paintings present good value buying opportunities and are considered undervalued. A 10 year future projection of current prices would confirm that purchasing now is a sound investment. This auction is sure to attract the attention of local and international collectors, investors and novices alike with many highly regarded artists, a wonderful array of attractive works in different mediums and sizes, catering to various tastes within attractive price ranges available. It’s a buyers market.

Buyers bidding over the phone who are unable to attend the previews days or auction are advised to contact Larasati and inquire about the color reproduction accuracy of the images contained within the online catalogue to ensure that what they wish to purchase can be realistically gaged. Condition reports of the works, outlining the paintings current state and whether it has repairs or over painting are available upon request. Provenance, the historical data of the works previous owner/s is also important.

Gusti Ketut Kobot, "Triwikrama" 1986, Image couresty of Larasati                                                 “Triwikrama”  –  Gusti Ketut Kobot

Sudana I Wayan, Tari Arja, 120x150cm, Acrylic on canvas.                                                  “Arja Dance”  –   Wayan Sudana

SENA IDA BAGUS PUTU, BARONG, 80X100CM, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS                                   “Pementasan Calon Arang”  –   Ida Bagus Putu Sena

Gunarsa(DK)                                                      “Bima Kroda”  –  Nyoman Gunarsa

Viewing Begins:

Friday, 26 February 11 am – 7.30 pm

Saturday, 27 February 11 am – 7.30 pm

Sunday, 28 February 11 am – 1 pm.

Auction begins:

2.30 pm Sunday 28 February.

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud