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Ida Bagus Made Wija

Ida Bagus Made Wija
Ida Bagus Made Wija (1912-1992; Batuan, Gianyar, Bali) was an original member of Pitamaha, but his work was barely influenced by this artists, organization. Wija’s dense paintings have multiple persepectives, naive stylization, and bold colors on dark background. Awards; Wija Kusuma (Gianyar, Bali), Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1982, Anugerah Seni (Indonesia, 1985). Exhibitions : East-West Center (Honolulu hawaii, 1998), Singapore Art Museum (1994), Museum Nasional, Jakarta (Indonesia, 1995), ” Images of Power “, (U.S.A., Australia, Bali, Japan, 1995-1996), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Barong and Rangda
  Artist : Ida Bagus Made Wija
  Media : Tempera and ink on canvas
  Size : 40 x 37 cm
  Year : 1971
Cosmic conflict is shown in a ritual drama between the lionlike barong (protective spirit), representing positive forces, and evil personified in rangda (widow-witch). It is performed in the outer courtyard of a temple as musicians play the gamelan (percussion ensemble). Leyak (practitioners oners of black magic) have flaming joints and tongues, seen in the witch and a disciple before her. The barong is almost camouflaged amidst the crowds of people.