Wayan, Bali series
August 24, 2017
oil on canvas 65*90 cm
I used to live in Bali for almost half of the year. I was much inspired by Ari Smit's and Paul Husner's paintings of the village Ubud, which was my home-town for that time. The series of paintings were done in Budapest from 2014–2016, though I brought sketches from Indonesia.
This one is titled Wayan. There are 4 names in Bali. The firstborn child is always named Wayan, the second is named Made, the third child goes by Nyoman or Komang, and the fourth is named Ketut. It is one of the first paintings from Bali, so I named it Wayan. The Balinese are very tradition concerned. They wear sarongs — a piece of a fabric with ethnic pattern which is also a skirt for men and women. The men also were 'garuda' on the heads, a symbol of Vishnu's bird.