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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 ...

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 ...

I GUSTI AGUNG WIRANATA

Born in 1970, Gusti Agung Wiranata inherated Walter Spies’ taste for dreamy landscapes. Despite some criticism pointing out his works as blatant copies of Walter Spies’ paintings, Gusti Agung Wiranata’s painting has defintely a soul of its own, adding his own sensitivity as well as more serenity in his work than the German artist. As ...

I DEWA NYOMAN BATUAN

Born in 1942, I Dewa Nyoman Batuan often painted natural landscape, religious and magical aspect of Bali and Hindu Dharma. He is also the founder, along with other artists, the Pengosekan Community of Artists in 1970. You can admire his work at his gallery in Pengosekan the Neka Museum in Ubud and Agung Rai Museum ...

MADE  WIANTA

Dancer, musician and painter, Made Wianta is famous worldwide for his multi-influenced and often controversial ...

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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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