Works by Balinese painter Made Budhiana and Australian painter Donald Friend are featured at an Ubud art gallery. The life of the Aborigines forever changed Budhiana?s painting style.
A NAKED body lay on the dry ground. Dust swirled around. But he looked relaxed, enjoying the situation. He was an Aboriginal man who Made Budhiana met when he was involved in the Art Camp in Darwin, Australia, in 1990. The man?s state shook Budhiana to his core, forever influencing his perception of the environment and arts.
The 52-year-old abstract painter portrayed the scene in a painting which is now being exhibited in the Made Budhiana and Donald Friend Gallery in Lod Tunduh, Ubud, Bali. The gallery, which was inaugurated on May 28, was established by Colin McDonald, an art collector and lawyer from Australia.
McDonald is known as a defender of Aboriginal rights. He is also popular for defending Scott Rush, one of the Bali 9