Maya Gallery is pleased to present The Journey, an art exhibition with a Balinese theme featuring five artists from Singapore and Bali, with works in watercolour, Chinese ink, acrylic, oil, charcoal and mixed media.
The island of Bali is long known for being a haven for art, culture and tradition. Deeply rooted are the Balinese to their religion, expressed in various temple rituals and art forms preserved over the centuries. Coupled with beautiful landscapes and friendly hospitality, this island of a thousand temples has brought together many artists and art lovers from all over the world.
Thus it is no surprise that Bali became the natural venue for Maya Gallery’s first artist residency programme. The residency saw many meetings and exchanges with galleries, artists Suklu and Huda Fauzan, as well as friends Mario Blanco, Made Doblet and traditional painter Ketut Sariastra. There were also opportunities to explore old towns and pura or temples, and learn painting techniques and ink-making using traditional organic sources. Having an art studio amidst lush greenery and amazing views also lent a conducive setting to create fresh works of art, many of which will be revealed for the first time during this unique exhibition.
The Journey celebrates these friendships over the years and the beginning of an art exchange platform for Singaporean and Balinese artists. With works by Suklu and Huda displayed at this exhibition in Singapore, it also marks the possibility of our Singaporean artists’ works to be shown in Bali in the near future.
We also commemorate more than 10 years of the conceptualisation of an art gallery, an idea which began in Bali. It was to be an art space dedicated to promoting the works of Singaporean artists, whether established, celebrated, underexposed or even young talents. This passion came into fruition when Maya Gallery was officially launched by Nominated Member of Parliament for the Arts Ms Janice Koh in April 2012, with an opening exhibition by our local artists such as Cultural Medallion recipient and master potter Iskandar Jalil, Idris Mohd Ali, Sujak Rahman, Adi Yadoni, Charlotte Tan, Sunar Sugiyou, Khamis Ariffin (Karto) and Jeffrey Wandly.
Idris Mohd Ali
I Wayan Sujana (Suklu)