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Jakarta Post

Art collector organizes major exhibit in Jakarta

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 7 2008   /  10:13 am
Traditional Market, by the maestro of Batuan-style painting, I Wayan Bendi, displays the unique trait of the style; a canvas filled with scenes from Balinese daily life. (JP/I Wayan Juniartha)(JP/I Wayan Juniartha)

Ketut Sudra gave a sigh of relief. After months of preparation, everything was finally ready for the big day. "I had no idea organizing a painting exhibition was such a tiring, time-consuming process that involved so many details," he said Wednesday. Sudra had never organized a painting exhibition before. A native of Lodtunduh, Ubud, the 37-year-old is more familiar with the intricate process of shipping and exporting silver and gold jewelry to foreign countries. His company is one of the island's largest manufacturers of jewelry that caters exclusively for foreign markets. Sudra's introduction to the realm of fine arts took place three years ago when he started collecting paintings. "The terrorist attacks in 2002 and 2005 didn't affect my business because I didn't sell my products on the domestic market," he said. Yet, Sudr...