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Balinese Art is the first comprehensive survey of Balinese painting from its origins in the traditional Balinese village to its present position at the forefront of the high-priced Asian art scene.
It may be surprising to learn that the contemporary painter who commands the highest prices in Southeast Asia's hot art market is not Chinese but Bali-born Nyoman Masriadi (1973-), and this book demonstrates that his work draws on a long and deeply-rooted tradition. This book surveys two hundred years of stunning artwork. The author shows how Balinese painting has followed its own distinctive trajectory, but one that has many features in common with other artistic traditions. Its roots lie in Indian art and religion, which came to Bali over a thousand years ago, as well as in ancient Javanese culture, and it has also drawn on interactions with other Asian arts, particularly those of China, and later Western art.
Adrian Vickers is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies and Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology.