AGE: – Mid 1970’s
CONSTRUCTION: – Calico Cloth
DESCRIPTION: – Balinese Kamasan Style Painting Indonesian Wayang Style
HEIGHT: – 84cm
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Balinese Hand Painted Wayang Style Kamasan Style Painting with natural coloured pigments and home made pen and brush to formulate scenes and characters based on the famous classic Hindu epics the Ramayana and Mabharata. The name Kamasan given to this style of painting is related to the village in East Bali in which this particular style of painting was given more awareness due to the involvement with the community of traditional artists by Anthony Forge in the early 1970’s.
To read more about this style of art this excellent document “Kamasan Painting” written by Siobhan Campbell discusses this art form in more detail with a few illustrations.
The Australian Museum houses one of the world’s best collections of Balinese art, known as the Forge Collection. Although the collection described in the document is a unique document on Balinese visual art, it remained relatively obscure largely because the paintings remained out of public view since the last major exhibition of the collection in 1978.