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

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?

Gede Gunada: exciting artistic talent from east Bali

                                 2017 Painting by Gede Gunada   Balinese contemporary artist Gede Gunada first came to my attention in 2012. He was among a group of four other local artists who participated in the Artists Camp in the Top End of Northern Territory (NT) of Australia during in the same year. The … Continue reading Gede Gunada: exciting artistic talent from east 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. … Continue reading “BALINESE MASTERS” exhibition presents significant insights into the development of Balinese painting

Balinese art patronage – now & then

                                          Balinese Kamasan Painiting   Balinese painting has a rich and unique history dating back over 400 years. Originally the work of artisans from the East Javanese Majapahit Empire (13-16th Century), this special narrative style of painting expanded into Bali in 1343 when the Majapahit conquered Bali, introducing the Hindu culture, and institutions. The collapse … Continue reading Balinese art patronage – now & then

Fostering Positive Indonesia Australia Relations through Cultural Exchange

                                          Alice Springs – Made Sudibia Vast and dramatic, yet empty, it’s colours and moods potent, and ever changing – the Top End is one of the world’s extraordinary natural environments. Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are overwhelmed by the space, power, and beauty of this remote and ancient terrain. Until recently, … Continue reading Fostering Positive Indonesia Australia Relations through Cultural Exchange

Bali Artists’ Camp 2016 Exhibition

                Badak Taman Ujung Karangasem – Made Budhiana Impressions of some of Bali’s most important archeological sites, the 11th century Gunung Kawi temple in Tampaksiring, and the stone reliefs at Yeh Pulu in Bedulu, along with dramatic landscapes depictions from remote East Bali, went on display at the Bali Artists’ Camp 2016 Exhibition. Open from … Continue reading Bali Artists’ Camp 2016 Exhibition

Walking a Unique Path – Wayan Sika

Wayan Sika smiles as he contemplates his new-found freedom. “On Friday 1st October 2010, after a 34 year association lecturing part-time at ISI (Institute of Fine Arts) Denpasar, I have decided to retire.” Like many others Sika dedicates himself to his family and community; however, the breadth of his accomplishments defines him as truly unique … Continue reading Walking a Unique Path – Wayan Sika

“ArtDenpasar” – Denpasar Art Space

                          “Gunung dan Hidupan” 2010 – Made Budhiana The opening of the Denpasar Art Space (DAS), its potential to stimulate the development of Bali’s art scene, is good reason for optimism within the local art community. Highlighted by the inaugural exhibition “ArtDenpasar” open 20 August, this is a positive signal from the Denpasar City Government … Continue reading “ArtDenpasar” – Denpasar Art Space

The Bali Art Scene 2016 – An Overview

“Torment”  2015 – Citra Sasmita one of the strongest works from the ‘Bali Art Intervention #1’ “Violent Bali” This overview looks back over the past six months (and more) at exhibitions and happenings of note in the Bali art scene which in the past year has witnessed some critical infrastructure developments. Closing out 2015 ‘Bali Art … Continue reading The Bali Art Scene 2016 – An Overview