I. Nyoman Suarsa
I passed the Warsa resteraunt where I met I.Nyoman Suarsa. It just
looked too expensive. Turns out that Nyoman's father designed it and
with the help of his family, built it. I can't begin to express my awe
at seeing this place. I passed it many times until I decided I had to
taste their fare. Once inside I discovered the art and after inquiring
about the master, discovered that he lived there.
Here's what the resteraunt looked like. As you can see, the Four Seasons
decorators in New York City have something to learn from the Suarsa
The stone work, the wood work, the tile floor and the
paintings made quite an impression. The yellow one over there above
the patron's head was my favorite. It was sold the next day, before
I had a chance to get a good picture of it. Here it is blown up. It's
little fuzzy but it's the best I can do
It was textured with sand and the more you looked at it
the more profound the shadows became. I was in love with this piece
and If I ever find who bought it, I will have to kill them for it.
Much of Nyoman's recent work was of masks like this.
I liked his mask paintings much better than most, but
it's an overdone theme in Bali. Perhaps Nyoman is discovering what the
tourists like to buy. Fortunately, Nyoman's work is more imaginative
Here is some more wok from the resteraunt. Notice the
masks in the stone work. Ubud is beautiful and the Warsaw is amazing.
Here's the back of the resteraunt. Nyoman and his artist
friends from Nyag studio were visiting. I.Wayan
Palasara is teaching Nyoman how to play the xylophone.
In the background is a piece of art by Nyoman that is
cut wood tiled together. For someone still in art school, Nyoman's gifts
and imagination are as great as his exposure to craftsmanship have been.
Here's my attempt to blow up the cut wood art:
And finally, this piece, now showing at ndAg studio's
Falling Star show:
"Face My Friend", oil on canvas, 75cm x 25cm. 2001