2020 Bali art scene overview

Since November Bali’s southern regions have enjoyed a flow of domestic tourism. The streets of Ubud were transformed during the Christmas holiday period. From zero to something; the much-needed injection of funds into the economy is vital and provides a ray of hope. Let’s trust that 2021 is a brighter year, especially for those whose … Continue reading 2020 Bali art scene overview

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

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

Bali MegaRupa: a new era in government sponsored art infrastructure development in Bali?

Bali Deputy Governor Cokorda Ace addresses officials in front of a painting by Made Budhiana during the opening of Bali Megarupa at ARMA 10 November 2019. Image courtesy Bali Megarupa Bali Megarupa, a large-scale exhibition featuring one hundred and three modern and contemporary artist from throughout Bali, came to a close Sunday 10 November 2019. … Continue reading Bali MegaRupa: a new era in government sponsored art infrastructure development in Bali?

‘BALINESE MASTERS’ exhibition presents significant insights into the development of Balinese painting

                           Essence of Void, 2019 – Wayan Sika Balinese Masters: Aesthetic DNA Trajectories of Balinese Visual Art, an ongoing presentation in Bali of installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings and objects by thirty-four Balinese artists and communities has opened to the delight, as well as the scrutiny of many in the Bali and Indonesian art worlds. The … Continue reading ‘BALINESE MASTERS’ exhibition presents significant insights into the development of Balinese painting

Previewing Larasati Jakarta Auction: Pictures of Indonesia 12 May 2019

                                         Boats at Kusamba – Affandi Sixty-two items of fine art go under the hammer from 2:30 pm Sunday 12 May in the upcoming Pictures of Indonesia auction conducted by Larasati auctioneers at the CSIS Center, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. The sale offers good buying opportunities for beginner and mid level collectors, as well as … Continue reading Previewing Larasati Jakarta Auction: Pictures of Indonesia 12 May 2019

the curious worlds of Balinese painter Galung Wiratmaja

                             Tari  Persembahan, 2019 – Galung Wiratmaja Intrigue and mystery are powerful psychological elements when effectively utilized within a painting. The ability to make subtle suggestions in a composition that inspire curiosity and ignite the observer’s imagination reflects a painter who is in full control of his canvas. Colour and form are the potent … Continue reading the curious worlds of Balinese painter Galung Wiratmaja

Paradise lost & new frontiers: Gede Mahendra Yasa’s landmark investigation into Balinese painting

Tamiang, 2011, 150 x 200cm – Gede Mahendra Yasa. Exhibited in “Post Bali” After the fall of President Suharto and the New Order Regime in 1998 Indonesian artists enjoyed new liberties, and their art became increasingly social and political in content. Representing a new generation of the Balinese avant-garde, Gede Mahendra Yasa was inspired by … Continue reading Paradise lost & new frontiers: Gede Mahendra Yasa’s landmark investigation into Balinese painting

Balinese art eccentric – Ida Bagus Alit

                             The effervescent Ida Bagus Alit The art world adores eccentric characters. Lurking beneath the exterior of Balinese artist Ida Bagus Alits’ wacky persona is, however, a highly practical, compassionate and intelligent man. These traits meld into an effervescent personality that enchants everyone he meets. Within the Balinese art world Gus Alit, as he is … Continue reading Balinese art eccentric – Ida Bagus Alit

The Cosmic Worlds of Visionary Balinese Artist Putu Wirantawan

Rarely in Bali does the observer have the opportunity to experience art of such a unique and “other worldly” quality as created Balinese contemporary artist Putu Wirantawan. The fundamental key to Balinese traditional art is drawing, for Wirantawan, however, it serves a different function to that of his artistic forefathers. About 15 years ago Wirantawan … Continue reading The Cosmic Worlds of Visionary Balinese Artist Putu Wirantawan