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

Remembering Balinese art maverick Wayan Sika (1949-2020)

                                          I Wayan Sika (1949-2020)   On Saturday 4 January 2020 at 11 pm Balinese artist I Wayan Sika lay down upon his bed at his home above his gallery, the Sika Contemporary Art Gallery … Continue reading Remembering Balinese art maverick Wayan Sika (1949-2020)

I Putu Adi – emerging Balinese talent from the village of Keliki

.    ‘Gempa Bumi’ 2015  –  Putu Adi Acrylic & ink on Paper, 33 x 18.5 cm    Bali is a dynamic, ever-changing environment where the past and present intersect, and the East and West collide. Art and cultural expressions, the foundations of the island’s first tourism boom 1930 -1942, continue to evolve. Over recent … Continue reading I Putu Adi – emerging Balinese talent from the village of Keliki

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

Posthumous tribute to Balinese artist Sukari a highlight of Jogja Art Weeks

                                   Dialog, 2000 – Nyoman Sukari   Balinese Hindu ritual is a fascinating and potent fundamental of a distinct traditional culture that, through its philosophies seeks to embrace a universal sense of harmony between all people, the environment and the divine. It incorporates a belief system that places equal emphasis on both the physical and … Continue reading Posthumous tribute to Balinese artist Sukari a highlight of Jogja Art Weeks

Genevieve Couteau: the French female virtuoso that Bali art historians failed to cite

                                 Painting by Genevieve Couteau   Volumes have been written about the foreign artists who have visited, lived and worked on the island of Bali during the first half of the 20th century. Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Theo Meier are celebrated icons, while Hofker, Covarrubias and La Mayeur are all praised for their special … Continue reading Genevieve Couteau: the French female virtuoso that Bali art historians failed to cite

“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. … Continue reading “BALINESE MASTERS” exhibition presents significant insights into the development of Balinese painting

Bali’s GWK Statue completed after almost three decades

The epic tale of the Garuda Wisnu statue at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Jimbaran, South Bali will soon reach its finale. In a monumental saga that stretches back to its conceptualisation in 1989, including the on and off progress of its construction, the sculptures creator, Balinese artist Nyoman Nuarta, has confirmed … Continue reading Bali’s GWK Statue completed after almost three decades

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