Recognizing his son’s artistic talent before the age of 10, Lempad’s father Gusti Mayukan, an undagi or traditional Balinese architect, put his young son to work assisting him on his many building projects. In his teen years, Lempad and his father sought political asylum with the royal family of Ubud at Puri Ubud, after fleeing their home kingdom of Belahbatuh, south of Ubud. Their timing was perfect as Puri Ubud was in the process of rebuilding, and their skills were welcomed. This began a long relationship, still lasting until today with Puri Ubud.
Lempad was instrumental in the development of the Pita Maha artists’ collective that was formed in 1936 by the king of Ubud, Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, and foreign artists Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet. Pita Maha monitored the progress of a new and developing genre of art, Balinese modern traditional art while forging new national and international markets for local paintings and woodcarvings. Not only was Lempad responsible for a new style of Balinese art aesthetics that featured elongated and distorted figures, but he also adopted a sense of space into his compositions that were new and invigorating. He carefully utilized empty areas of white paper in his works that emphasized the brilliance of his figurative line drawings, while the balance of composition then became essential. Lempad was also a master sculptor of temple statues, masks, a maker of wayang puppets, and an expert in the making of cremation towers and sarcophagi. He also helped in designing and building the Museum Puri Lukisan from 1953 to 1955, Ubud’s oldest and most important art museum.
It was Lempad’s natural imaginative and innovative ability in expressing old stories anew, along with the strength of his flowing, pure and defined lines that revolutionized Balinese art. At the time Balinese paintings were characterized by crowded compositions in which part of the surface of the canvas was covered with narrative information and motifs. Lempad introduced space into his compositions that was aesthetically fresh and strong.
While his contribution to the development of Balinese art and architecture, Lempad gained much attention from the local art community as well as from foreign anthropologists, researchers, and artists who lived in Bali during the 1920s and 1930s. Over his lifetime Lempad completed a body of work that has since been unmatched, and now it’s finally time to recognize his matchlessness.
This Limited Collectors Edition of only 50 with laser-etched numbering on the gilt (real gold) page edges with real leather slipcase and a framed hand-colored and gilt painting on the cover is a one-time opportunity to collect the ultimate book Bali’s first modern artist.
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