Ubud Artists Combine East and West Influences

Artists in Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, considered successfully combining the influence of East and West parts of the world in creating works of art.

“Without elements of patronizing, dozens of artists in Ubud interact with the West through Walter Spies (1893-1942) and Bonnet (1895-1978). Both are living for a long time in Ubud,” said Anak Agung Gede Rai, cultural practitioners and artists in Denpasar.

The founder and manager of Arma Museum in Ubud said that Walter Spies is a Germany who criticized the work of local artists, opened himself to cooperate technically, shared knowledge and without patronizing.

The process of producing the artwork continues to hold a painting exhibition in a number of cities in the world in the Dutch colonial era.

Agung Rai, who collected dozens of ancient paintings, added that the presence of Walter Spies gave a source of inspiration for Balinese artists in terms of processing natural resources into new energy.

Thus, the beauty and natural beauty of Bali is becoming more shining in the canvas. The world of Balinese mythology is no longer a taboo to be revealed by the local artists.

In addition, there are bursts of inspiration from the expertise and aesthetic sensitivity of Walter Spies in the state of sanctity, mystique impression, the story of myth, such as Leak and installation of Balinese Cili on canvas and modern drawing techniques of Walter Spies.

While Bonnet became a voluntary teacher for Ubud painters, confirmed the arts as a “life style” as well guiding the achievement of character quality work by providing a model of how a professional and educated artist must react to the sublime local wealth.

All are able to grow a sense of mutual respect for each other’s work. Bonnet is known as a sensitive figure and concerned about the reality of art as art, art as a ritual and art as a source of livelihood.

Thus, there exists a connotation gap of arts function when it’s ‘ngayah’ (offered), when it’s ‘bayah’ (paid). Apparently, since the rapid development of the tourism sector in the 70’s until now brings significant influence on the development of arts that can improve the income and welfare of the community, especially the artists,” said Agung Rai.

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