Bridging traditions with the now through local and cross-cultural activities: Bentara Budaya Bali

Bentara Budaya Bali Kelas Kreatif with leading Balinese architect Popo Danes Image courtesy of Bentara Budaya Bali   Bali is a unique meeting point between tradition and modernity. One of its distinctions is its fascinating culture that is, however, under increasing pressure from outside influences and the Indonesian nation-state. Sited in Sukawati, on the main … Continue reading Bridging traditions with the now through local and cross-cultural activities: Bentara Budaya Bali

Larasati October 2019 auction report – Balinese art market analysis

The market for Balinese paintings, often labelled ‘traditional’, is a small niche sector in comparison to the broader Indonesian modern and contemporary art market. While Indonesian collectors dominate it there is an upward trend of foreign buyers entering the market that is currently showing signs of growth. In 2006 Larasati Auctioneers of Jakarta opened up … Continue reading Larasati October 2019 auction report – Balinese art market analysis

Previewing Larasati’s Upcoming 12 October 2019 Bali Sale

Lot # 791 ‘Bayu Satu Duta’ – Tjokorda Oka Gambir (1902 – 1975 Peliatan) Natural pigments on cloth, 162.5 x 150 cm   For the first time in its thirteen-year history, Larasati Auctioneers will conduct their third art auction in Ubud within the year. This is a positive sign indicating a growing market for Balinese … Continue reading Previewing Larasati’s Upcoming 12 October 2019 Bali Sale

Revealing Chinese and Balinese Cultural Connections through Art: Meet Tjandra Kirana

“A New Spirit of Balinese Tradition”, 2019 – Tjandra Kirana Watercolor on Chinese Paper   One of the most charming characters within the Bali art community is Tjandra Kirana. Quick with a smile, and always ready to share a light-hearted joke, or a tale, he is gifted with a generous, and effervescent personality. Born in … Continue reading Revealing Chinese and Balinese Cultural Connections through Art: Meet Tjandra Kirana

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 … Continue reading Art eccentric – Ida Bagus Alit

The Bali Art Scene 2016: The Final Six Months Overview

Budi Agung Kuswara with patient from Rumah Berdaya, a community based psycho-social rehabilitation center utilizing art as a tool for creative solutions.   The concluding six months of events on the 2016 Bali art calendar were exceptionally busy; the following are some of the highlights of the closing half of the year: In late May … Continue reading The Bali Art Scene 2016: The Final Six Months Overview

Balinese photographer: Ida Bagus Putra Adnayna

                                             “Kijang Kencana” 2015- Gustra   In the 1920’s the first ever collection of black and white photographs of Bali were published in two volumes. In the previous century, however, Dutch colonialist began documenting the island and images began to trickle through to a select, and curious European audience. In the current era of digital … Continue reading Balinese photographer: Ida Bagus Putra Adnayna