Meet Ni Luh Vony Dewi: a free Balinese spirit with a potent creative soul

                               ‘Superfly’ 2020 – Ni Luh Vony Dewi   by The Internet is empowering people and has democratised the art world. It has created a platform that supports a new and dynamic digital art world which functions side-by-side with the art … Continue reading Meet Ni Luh Vony Dewi: a free Balinese spirit with a potent creative soul

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)

Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s subterranean sonic temple a highlight of the Singapore Biennale 2019

Black—Hut, Black—Hut, 2019 – Boedi Widjaja exhibited at the National Gallery of Singapore in the Singapore Biennale 2019. Image courtesy of Boedi Widjaja & 2019 Singapore Biennale   Boedi Widjaja is an artist with one foot positioned in two similar, yet disparate worlds. Born in 1975 and raised by Chinese Indonesian parents in Surakarta, Central … Continue reading Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s subterranean sonic temple a highlight of the Singapore Biennale 2019

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

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

Overview of the Bali art infrastructure 2019

Overshadowed by the creative hubs of Java, Bandung, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Bali is often disregarded by international art lovers and this may be due to the tourism-led commodification of art and culture.  However, in the past six years, there has been significant development in the fascinating and distinct Bali art infrastructure. Bali was not immune … Continue reading Overview of the Bali art infrastructure 2019

Sign: Darma Yuda’s Poignant Hyperrealism investigation into duality

Art is a personal experience; its impact on every individual is never the same. When I attend an exhibition, I can be driven by my own innate needs – to engage with fresh visual stimulus to satisfy the hunger and to feed the space between my ears. This wanting can sometimes hinder my ability to … Continue reading Sign: Darma Yuda’s Poignant Hyperrealism investigation into duality

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

Reconstructing images of ‘Paradise’: WAYAN SUJA’S on going artistic investigation into the Balinese identity

Identity politics and the changing nature of what it means to be Balinese is a common theme for contemporary Balinese artists to explore within their works. This investigation began in earnest in 1970, not in Bali, yet Yogyakarta. At the time a group of young artists were studying at the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI), their … Continue reading Reconstructing images of ‘Paradise’: WAYAN SUJA’S on going artistic investigation into the Balinese identity