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I GUSTI NYOMAN LEMPAD

I GUSTI NYOMAN LEMPAD

Born in 1862 in Bedahulu in Gianyar, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad was a legendary, multi-talented artist mastering stone carving, wood-carving, architecture and painting.

He founded, with fellow artist and friend Rudolph Bonnet, the Pita Maha, a very active association in the development of art and support to artist in Bali. His ink drawings gained international acclaim for their composition and clarity. Some of his works were made as narratives episodes, on dried leaves and paper. His narrative works focus on figures, movements. Lempad illustrated episodes of Indian epic mythology and Balinese folklore, adding erotic and humorous elements to them. He also designed a part of the Royal residence and a temple in Ubud.

The artist lived most of his life in Ubud, where he met Rudolph Bonnet and Walter Spies who collected some of his work. He died in 1978 in Ubud. Parts of his collection can be seen at the Neka Art Museum in Ubud, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden and the Museum fur Volkenkunde in Basel (Switzerland).
KETUT MURTIKA

Ketut Murtika was born in Batuan around 1950 and became one of the most famous painters of the Batuan school, a painting style practiced by Brahman artists. His style captures Bali’s unique mystical atmosphere with ethereal depiction of everyday life scenes, landscapes and animals. His art has been shown worldwide, including France, ...

THE BARONG DANCE

The Barong dance is also a story of Good overcoming Evil. The Barong, mythical creature, protector of good (embodied by two dancer in a costume), fights Rangda, the evil Lord of Darkness. The tale is told by a dance rythmed to the sound of a Gamelan gorchestra. As the fight goes on, supporters of Barong, a group of men armed with Kris, try ...

THE GAMELAN

The gamelan is the Balinese orchestra that can be heard as a tribute to the Gods and deified ancestors in temple ceremonies, weddings, cremations, family temple ceremonies and procession. There are more than twenty different types of gamelan, each with their own traditions, repertoire, social and religious ...

LEGONG KERATON

The most graceful of Balinese dances, this is the epitome of classical Balinese female dancing. A legong, as the dancer is known, is often a young girl of eight or nine years, rarely older than her early teens. It was first created in the 18th Century and is usually the first dance to be taught to beginners. There are many forms of Legong, ...

ADRIEN-JEAN LEMAYEUR

'Adrien-Jean Lemayeur came to Bali in 1932 and first settled in Denpasar. As many artists after him, he simply fell in love with Bali and what was supposed to be a 8 months stay, became a lifetime decision when he met Ni Pollok, a 15 year old girl who was famous for being the most talented Legong dancer in Bali. She later became Lemayeur’s model ...

ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Sound of Mine: The Sound of Alternative Rock with a Touch of Blues and More!

Bali has sure seen the birth and progress of numerous bands this year, and here we are, happy to do our part related to the births and happenings related to the island's music scene! We are sure passionate to cheer for the newcomers to make their way and earn their place, of course starting in the local scene.   This week we...

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