Bali 1977

Bali 1977

This is a look back in time, to my 1977 trip to the Indonesian island of Bali. There I met up with Australian writer and poet John Darling, who introduced me to the painter I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and his son, Sumung; as well as - by association - other painters such as Wayan Radjin, his father Djata and student Murtika ... and the Australian painter Donald Friend.

On Bali I met Leesa, who became the mother of my three children; we named our first-born - in 1978 - Radjin (a.k.a. Rad). Together with his brother Yani, the two run their own gym in North Sydney.



the painter I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, his second wife and his son, Sumung; Lempad was about 115 years of age

painting by Lempad




Lempad's and Sumung's family in Ubud in 1977



some of Lempad's art-works, stone and wood carvings; the mainstay of his oeuvre, though, is painting and drawing



the stone carver Cemul



Cemul with one of his daughters



Cemul's family, Ubud, Bali in 1977



the painter I Wayan Radjin of Batuan, Bali, Indonesia Radjin is attributed - together with his father I Made Djata - the development of the romantic Batuan style of painting, which derives from the ink-and-paper media of the 1930s, pioneered by Walter Spies; Radjin had created his own art school, where one student was Murtika (see below); Radjin told me that he completes about six paintings a year, i.e. one every 2 months, working on them for about 2 hours in the morning and again 2 hours in the evening we named our first born son Radjin ... now widely know as Rad



painting by Radjin



I Made Djata, member of the Pita Maha movement, has functioned for years as Batuan's in-house drawing master; he was Radjin's father, mentor and teacher



painting by Djata



the art student Murtika



painting by Murtika



the (anonymous) wood carver in Ubud, 
who carved the frames for the paintings



Bali's Gunung Agung



three stages of a Balines rice field



Australian writer, documentary film producer and poet, 
resident on Bali at the time, the late John Darling



controversial Australian painter, 
resident on Bali at the time, Donald Friend
































































 

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