"Through my art I do hope to provide a good life and a better future for my family, especially for my little child."
It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the death of Ketut Taram from lung cancer. "He was the best man I ever knew, and the best husband I could ever hope for. He always made me feel loved loved. He was always gentle and caring, especially with our children -- he never got angry and always had a great capacity for understanding," Seji his wife told us. Always happy and smiling, Taram's carving legacy will be continued by Seji. A Novica friend and artisan, we will be much missed by all of us.
"My name is Ketut Taram and I was born in the Gianyar regency, Bali, in 1967. I learned how to create my first sculpture from my older brother, Made Mudiawan. From 1975 until 1990 I worked primarily in suar wood. Then, from 1990 until 2000, I made the sculptures from sandalwood. Lately, I enjoy sculpturing with both.
"I began carving on my own in 1992; before I'd worked together with my older brother, saving until I had enough money to open my own workshop. There are five people working with me now.
"Balinese culture and tradition inspire my artwork. As the son of Wayan Kicen, a wood carver, it is easy and enjoyable for me to transfer my imagination into my work.
"I have participated in several exhibitions around Bali. Thank you Novica for promoting my artwork to the whole world. Through my art I do hope to provide a good life and a better future for my family, especially for my little child."
Named Gembira ("Happy" in Balinese), it describes the jovial expression of this hand-carved Buddha. Many people believe that rubbing his tummy brings good fortune. Rotund details flow naturally from the patient techniques of Nyoman Karsa, as he....read more
A man drops his head towards his knees as he brings them close, absorbed in self-reflection. The anonymous image is enriched by the warm grain of suar wood, his abstract expressiveness is a masterful feat by Eka.
Arising unsullied from the muddy bottom of a lotus pond, a single blossom opens to hold Buddha. Three buds promise to bloom and leaves frame the reverent image from Eka. The Enlightened One sits in the lotus position, one hand raised in blessing. The....read more
Comfortable in each others' arms, lovers swear everlasting love to each other. Wayan Rendah captures the power of their promise to be forever together as he carves the two lovers from a single piece of suar wood.
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