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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).
W.O.J. NIEUWENKAMP

W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp was born in Holland and first came to Bali in 1904. He was the 1st Western artist to visit Bali. After a quick return to Holland, he came back in 1906. Even though he didn’t settle in Bali like Walter Spies, he travelled around a lot, often coming back to Bali. His motto was “Vagando Acquiro” (while ...

WALTER SPIES

'Walter Spies was a Russian-born German primitivist painter and musician who moved to Java in 1923. He later moved to Ubud. He is often credited with attracting the attention of the Western art scene of his time to Balinese culture and art. His house (today an hotel) has seen many illustrious visitors, such as Charlie Chaplin, Austrian ...

JOHAN RUDOLF BONNET

Born in 1895 in Holland, Johan Rudolf Bonnet became one of Bali’s most influential foreign artists. He first heard of Bali from W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp. He came to Bali in 1929, soon became fascinated by Balinese culture and quickly decided to stay. He became, along with Walter Spies and Gusti Nyoman Lempad, a founder of the Pita Maha Art ...

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, ...

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 ...

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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