Bruce W Carpenter

Author and noted Indonesian art expert. Bruce W. Carpenter has authored and co-authored more than 16 books and scores of articles on the art, culture and history of Indonesia. His most recent was Antique Javanese Furniture and Folk Art.

Art & Intellectual Property Rights – Who Owns What?

Although art is essentially useless (you can’t eat or drink it, it provides little shelter and makes bad clothing, and thus serves no utilitarian purpose), questions...

Earth Art

The word Earth is synonymous both with the Globe, the third planet in our solar system, and the stuff that lies beneath our feet often referred to by the less prosaic...

True Gluttons

In Bali the purist embodiment of Greed, one of the most ancient and reviled of the Seven Sins, is found in the 15th century tale of the brothers Cupak and Grantang. Long...

Cosmic Art

The Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars have served as the muses of artists, musicians, poets and writers since the beginning of time. Precise knowledge of the cycles of the...

Art in Bali – Future Prospects

According to Naomi Samara, a young Indonesian artist and native of Sanur Beach, Bali, the island is brimming with young, upcoming new talent waiting to burst into a...

Forbidden Love Part 3 – Girls Will Have Fun

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus, Erotica 1977. When it comes to cross-cultural amorous relationships,...

Mie Cornoedus

Art & Forbidden Fruit in Bali: Part Two

The prominent role of gay expatriate artists in Bali before the Second World War must have deeply disturbed some members of the very conservative white colonial society....

Art and Forbidden Fruit in Bali

Part One – Straight Men The artist needs his muse they say. The qualifications for the job are complex and elusive – enigmatic beauty, poetic mystery and other...

Rudolf Bonnet

Rudolf Bonnet – Son of a Priest from Tampaksiring

This beautiful pastel drawing made in 1929 by the Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet is remarkable for several reasons. Having arrived on Bali only a year before, it is a rare...

Bali Royal Necklace

The Story of a Royal Necklace

Gold, Rubies, Sapphires, Diamonds, History Encrusted with over 70 rubies from Myanmar, diamonds from Borneo and sapphires from India, and weighing over 200 grams, this...

A Tale of Iko

“This is my earthly life, full of trouble and struggle, and many are my enemies, laughing at me…their words sharper than the Kris… Thou shall lift me up and...

Majapahit Terracotta

At its pinnacle in the middle of the 14th century, Truwulan, the East Javanese capital of the puissant Majapahit Empire was a bustling metropolis with broad avenues,...

Pieter Ouborg : First Modern Artist in Indonesia

Wars by definition trigger immense changes that spell the collapse of the old and the ushering in of new orders, values and sensibilities. One of the major art European...

Auke Sonnega – Bali’s First Spiritual Artist

If you happened to be one of the few tourists wandering on Jalan Kaleran, Ubud (in those days there were no street names) in 1956, you would have certainly noticed the...