Category: Art of the Indies

Artpreciation: Preserving Culture through Tourism

The Internationally recognized Agung Rai Museum of Art is one of the venues for a new type of tour called Artpreciation. The tours aim to raise awareness of the unique...

Art Appreciation: Meet Bruce Carpenter

Author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history, Bruce W. Carpenter is considered a leading expert in the field...

The Mapping of Java

The islands of Java and Bali located 8 degrees south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean are two of the 17,000 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the...

Kamasan: An Ancient Living Tradition

Imagine you are a master Balinese painter, and your King has recently commissioned you to do a piece of work. As you sit down in front of a large cloth stretched upon a...

Art Spaces in Bali

When thinking of Bali’s premier art and cultural destinations, immediately the tourist Mecca of Ubud springs to mind. For those treading the art map, the well-known...

Plasticology – Saving Bali, One Artwork at a Time

Tourism has impacted on the traditional Balinese way of life and changed the dynamics of this idyllic island and still the expansion of villas and hotels continues. A...

Lempad, a Timeless Balinese Master

Thirty six years after his death at the age of 116, the first complete presentation of the works of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is now available. On June 19th 2014 at Arma...

Made Sudarsana the Topeng Dancer

Made Sudarsana has been dancing since he was seven years old. “We learn dancing as a child,” Made explained. “The first dance I learnt was the Baris dance. A...

Under My Skin: The Explosion of Tattooing

Hidden away in a modest apartment in Gifu, central Japan, 79-year-old tattoo artist Horihide (meaning to carve) is preparing his tools. Over the decades this supreme...

Made Bayak, an Artistic Role Model

Born in 1980 in Tampaksiring, Central Bali, Bayak studied fine art at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Denpasar from 1999 to 2006. It is here he met his...

Tommee Balukea: Jungle Music with a Laid-Back Vibe

When I first came across Tommee Balukea, the internationally acclaimed musician was playing an acoustic set at Crystal Palace bar on Double Six Beach. Tommee Balukea is...

Uncovering Sanur’s Hidden Treasures

Where to start? Sanur’s restaurants’, hotels’, and galleries’ walls are adorned with work from artists right across Bali, but where to source the locals? A...

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...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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