Art In Bali

Celebrating Balinese Design

Art In Bali | Jun 02, 2017

When it comes to architecture and landscaping, Balinese design is known for its distinctive flair for being in harmony with nature. architecture Traditionally, Balinese architecture is very spatially orientated, and is based on the the Balinese Hindu principles that regulate every object to be conceived as having an ideal location in order to achieve harmony […]

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Through the Eyes of Balinese Painters

Art In Bali | Jun 02, 2017

There’s a reason why Bali has so many art shops and galleries; the island is home to countless, exceptionally skillful artists, including remarkable painters. From the complex traditional canvasses capturing the island’s unique culture to the contemporary themes and styles, plenty of the highly collectible paintings created by Balinese painters have gone to international exhibitions […]

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Dancing with the Bulls

Art In Bali | Feb 09, 2016

In Jembrana Regency, with a history of migrating Madurese fishermen to the area over the centuries, an assimilation of tradition occurred. These fishermen introduced their unique Madurese boat designs to the area, which can be seen anchored at the bay of Perancak Village. The Madurese introduced their famous bull races to Bali too. In Bali, […]

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The Bird King

Art In Bali | Jan 12, 2016

The strong connection of traditions between Java and Bali began thousands of years ago, tied with the movement of the people of the Majapahit Kingdom migrating from Java to Bali. Certain beliefs, customs and even bedtime stories on the island originated from ancient Javanese cultures, which existed long before Islamic teachings arrived. Folktales passed on […]

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Balinese “Pilgrims” on the Quest for Holy Water

Art In Bali | Nov 01, 2015

Most religions of the world use water and fire as purificatory elements. Water cleans, soothes and fertilises, while fire heats, destroys, and thus cleans too. Water and fire are a part and a parcel of the rituals of religious life and, once in a while, of the political games of men of religion. Bali is […]

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Jean Couteau – Our Very Own Historian

Art In Bali | Aug 01, 2015

It was early 2009 when I first met Jean Couteau at an editorial meeting. The Frenchman, who speaks Bahasa Indonesia fluently, arrived in white trousers and a long sleeved white shirt. He spoke extensively about Balinese traditions and cultures and how we should raise awareness of this rather than always the island’s sun, sea and […]

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Artdiscovery by Artpreciation

Art In Bali | Jun 22, 2015

  The truth is, many people don’t know how to look at art. You will see most people in the art museum hustling through, pausing for only a minute at each painting or sculpture, looking either bored or perturbed, before traipsing on to the next piece. Is there anything that can be done to encourage […]

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A Fusion of Art, Memory, and Luxury

Art In Bali | May 15, 2015

In 1923, Walter Spies, a Russian born German painter arrived in Java. After four years of living in Jogjakarta, in 1927, the handsome painter started a life in Ubud. At his house in Campuhan, Ubud and later at his mountain house in Iseh, Karangasem, Spies completed a collection of special and distinctive paintings. He would […]

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Kamasan Redefined

Art In Bali | Apr 02, 2015

Teja stands tall – almost as tall as his iconic paintings. His serious nature allows for no frivolity and he is a man of few words – his words and whimsy are reserved for his art. Even though he was born in Tuban, his familial roots are from Klungkung – the home of Kamasan. This […]

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Ni Nyoman Sani

Art In Bali | Feb 27, 2015

Coming from a traditional Balinese background Sani has also had to contend with the voices of her peers who have a mild disapproval of her leap to the less traditional world. Jealously is easy to manifest in a traditional world but Sani tries to rise above the pettiness. Daily offerings? No need to make them […]

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